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Serving West Point & Clay County Since 1867 Thursday, September 5, 2013 75 cents
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2: Community
4: Opinion
6: Nation
7: Sports
10: Comics
11: Classifeds
Check the Community Calendar
for upcoming events! Page 2
Nations: MSU should hire Tebow
as new quarterback coach. Page 7
Central announces August
students of the month Page 5
Community Local Sports
Daily Times Leader
Today’s News . . . Tomorrow’s Trends
PSC sets final hearing
on raised water rates
By Kate Moser
After a two year hiatus, the
Public Service Commission set a
final hearing date for the West
Point water rate increase. On
Tuesday, Northern Region
Commissioner Brandon Presley
announced that attorneys for
both parties agreed to a schedule
to help make a decision in the
The staff for the PSC will have
until Sept. 10 to file new data
requests and questions regarding
the case. The attorney for the city
of West Point Light and Water
Department will have two weeks
to answer the PSC staff. A final
ruling will be made by PSC on
Oct. 11.
Presley said that this schedule
will help make a more “accurate”
decision on the case.
“The case is two years old,”
Presley said. “There were data
changes, so we need updated
information to make an informed
The meeting was a reconven-
ing of the PSC and West Point
Light and Water. The case, 2011-
UN-118, was originally heard in
January 2011,after the city of
West Point requested a rate
increase to customers who lived
more than one mile outside of the
city limits, according to the docu-
ments originally filed in 2011.
Dwight Prisock, superinten-
dent for West Point Light and
Water, said that the rate increase
would help fund the city's opera-
tional costs. Currently, the Strong
Hill water tower is not function-
ing, because the city was unable
to meet a state demand of paint-
ing the tower.
“Without the rate increase, we
will not be able to paint the water
tower and the tower will not be
operational,” Prisock said.
Prisock said the city was
approached by the White Station
Water Association to take over
the White Station water tower
because the association was
Public Service Commissioner for the Northern Region Brandon Presley addresses
the public on Tuesday night at a hearing on the city of West Point's water rates. The
hearing was a continuation of a 2011 hearing, in which PSC heard the West Point Light
and Water Department' request to raise rate increases for customers who live one mile
outside of city limits. Attorneys for both parties agreed on a schedule that would have
a fnal ruling from PSC on Oct. 11. (Photo by Kate Moser/DTL)
By Donna suMMerall
Young people were the topic at
Wednesday’s meeting of the Civitan
Luncheon Club. Renaissance Vice
President Carlos Orr, a Baptist min-
ister and community leader, and
Renaissance member Matthew
Lewis, who works with the drug
court and mentors young men,
spoke to the Civitans about their
Renaissance literally means “a
new birth.” In West Point it is a
joint undertaking of the Christian
community, drug court and law
enforcement to help young people
who are at-risk or who have already
had a brush with the law.
“When we see our young men
and women hurting, we want to
help,” said Orr. “We want to mentor
them and help them rebuild their
confidence and self-respect after
incarceration. A lot of people don’t
want to give them a second chance.
We do.”
Renaissance wants to help young
people go through East Mississippi
Community College Workforce
Training and gain a marketable skill.
Orr said he is working with West
Point School District Superintendent
Burnell MacDonald, to try to lower
the dropout rate. Rebuilding the
community and having young peo-
ple ready for work when Yokohama
Tire opens is a huge part of
Renaissance as well, Orr said.
Orr said that Renaissance is
working with Edward Houston and
the drug court to try and get some
of the charges expunged so youth
can start adulthood with a clean
Renaissance wants to work with
civic organizations like the Civitans,
who have groups for young people.
Membership in Jr. Civitan gives stu-
dents the community service needed
to graduate with honors or be a
Mississippi Scholar. Membership is a
plus on college applications, he said.
Civitan president Alvin Quinn
said there had been a lot of interest
among West Point young people
about Jr. Civitan.
“We have to join together to
teach young men to pull their pants
up and fill out an employment appli-
cation,” said Lewis. “I was given a
second chance in life and want to be
part of helping young people do
right and be successful in their lives.”
Renaissance: A new
birth in West Point
Carlos Orr, vice president of Renais-
sance, speaks to the Civitan Club
Wednesday about the group’s work with
young people. (Photo by Donna Sum-
merall, DTL)
associated Press
BRANDON — A proposed 110-foot cross on
church property in Brandon might not be built after
the city Planning Commission voted against approval
of its construction.
First Baptist Church of Brandon wants to build the
cross at a site along Interstate 20. The project's sponsor
is Crosses Across America, a nonprofit group dedicated
to building giant crosses along highways nationwide,
The Clarion-Ledger reports.
Mayor Butch Lee said he objects to the cross because
it is considered an auxiliary structure, limited by state
law to a height of 20 feet.
First Baptist Pastor Scott Thomas said the city has
offered to allow a 50-foot cross.
By HolBrooK MoHr
Associated Press
JACKSON — A nurse has been
charged with withholding information
about a felony at a former south
Mississippi cancer clinic that prosecutors
accused of a multimillion dollar fraud
related to chemotherapy treatments.
Brittany Davis Powell is charged in
U.S. District Court in Jackson with mis-
prision of a felony, or not reporting a
crime. She was charged on Aug. 22 in a
criminal information, a charge that is
usually filed when a defendant intends to
plead guilty.
The document says Powell didn't
report that the clinic's founder ordered
nurses in December 2010 to make retro-
active entries in patients' files related to
health care payments.
Powell's attorney did not immediately
respond to a message Wednesday.
Rose Cancer Center founder Dr.
Meera Sachdeva and two others were
convicted late last year. Sachdeva was
sentenced to 20 years in prison and
ordered her to repay nearly $8.2 million
after pleading guilty to one count of
health care fraud and two counts of mak-
ing false statements.
At sentencing for Sachdeva, U.S.
District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III said
he was "appalled" by the treatment of the
patients, but he said prosecutors didn't
prove that chemotherapy drugs were
watered down as has been alleged by
prosecutors. However, Jordon said that
syringes were re-used at the clinic and
multiple patients' chemotherapy drugs
were drawn from the same bag.
Sachdeva established the clinic in
Summit in 2005. Authorities say the
clinic billed Medicaid and Medicare for
about $15.1 million during the scheme.
Among other things, prosecutors said
the doctor submitted claims for chemo-
therapy services that were supposedly
given while she was out of the country.
The Mississippi State Department of
Health closed Rose Cancer Center in
July 2012 because of "unsafe infection
control practices" after 11 patients were
hospitalized with the same bacterial
The scare led officials to test nearly
300 cancer patients for infections such as
HIV. The department has said at the
time that none of the patients tested had
blood-borne viral infections related to
the clinic's care. However, a civil lawsuit
claimed at least one patient died about
the time the clinic was shut down from
HIV he contracted there.
The clinic's office manager, Brittany
McCoskey of Monticello was sentenced
to 13 months in prison and ordered to
help pay $55,069 in restitution after
pleading guilty to making false state-
Monica Weeks of Madison, who han-
dled the clinic's billing from her
Ridgeland firm, Medical Billing Group,
was sentenced to three months' house
arrest and three years' probation and
ordered her to help pay $19,550 in res-
titution. She pleaded guilty to conspira-
Nurse charged related to former cancer clinic
Planning panel
rejects 110-foot
cross in Brandon
See WATER | Page 9
See CROSS | Page 9
Daily Times Leader Page 2 • Thursday, September 5, 2013
All “Community Announcements” are
published as a community service on
a frst-come, frst-served basis and as
space allows. Announcements must
be 60 words or less, written in com-
plete sentences and submitted in
writing at least fve days prior to the
requested dates of publication. No
announcements will be taken over the
telephone. Announcements submit-
ted after noon will not be published
for the next day’s paper. To submit an-
nouncements, email life@dailytimes-
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 inter-
ested persons are cordially invit-
ed 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 inter-
ested persons are invited to
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 Compassionate Friends
— Families who have experi-
enced the death of a child are
invited to attend The
Compassionate Friends meet-
ing at 6:30 p.m. the second
Tuesday of each month, at
North Mississippi Medical
Center-West Point, 835 Medical
Center Drive. The mission of
The Compassionate Friends is
to assist families toward resolv-
ing grief following the death of
a child of any age and to help
others be supportive. Bereaved
parents, siblings, grandparents
and immediate family members
are welcome to attend. For
more information, call Michele
Rowe, director of Social
Services at NMMC-West Point,
at (662) 495-2337.
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 5:30
p.m. at the Henry Clay
Retirement Center. All mem-
bers and those interested in
AARP are urged to attend. For
more information call Ella Seay
494-8323 or Dorothy Landon
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 pre-
pare you to take the WorkKeys
test and receive a Career
Readi ness Certi fi cate.
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 reg-
ister 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
u WPHS Class of 2003
Reunion — The website for
the class reunion for the WPHS
Class of 2003, 10 year reunion
has been created. Please visit
West-Point-Mississippi-2003 to
view it. Sign up for the site by
searching for your name under
the classmate profle tab and
creating a profle. Create your
profle and you will be granted
access to the site by a member
of the planning committee.
Please allow up to 24 hours for
a member of the planning com-
mittee to verify your identity as
the content is password pro-
tected. The reunion will be in
West Point May 31-June 2.
u The Academy of
Performing Arts — located at
the North Mississipppi Medical
Center-West Point Wellness
Canter is now enrolling for the
fall session. Classes begin
August 13 in ballet, tap, hip
hop, jazz, lyrical, tumbling,
musical theatre and voice.
Semester will run for four
months and culminate with a
Christmas recital in December.
For more information, email or call (662)
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 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 department of East
MS Community College.
Please contact Cynthia McCrary
or Jessica Flynt at 492-8857 for
additional information.
u C2C Info — Need work
skills to get a job? EMCC
Workforce offers the
Counseling 2 Career program
to assist in gaining work experi-
ence. 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
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 sec-
ond Thursday of each month at
6 p.m. All members are urged
to attend.
u GED classes — Free GED
classes at Bryan Public Library
on Tuesday and Wednesday
each week, 4:30 - 7:30. These
are sponsored by the Adult
Basic Education department of
East MS Community College.
Please call 243- 1985 to register
for free classes.
u Foster Parenting —
Foster and Adoptive Parents are
needed. If you can give time,
space, care and attention to fos-
ter children, maybe you can
qualify to be a foster par ent.
Caring families in Clay Co. are
needed who have the interest
and ability to be loving foster
parents. For more information
call Karen Ward at 494-8987.
u Lodge Breakfast — West
Point Masonic Lodge No. 40
will have a breakfast the frst
Saturday of each month from
5:30-8:30 a.m. The public is
Through September 7
u Book Sale — Friends of
the Bryan Public Library is
hosting its fall book sale from 8
a.m. - 2 p.m. The library is
closed Labor Day Monday. The
sale resumes Tuesday during
regular library hours. There
will be a large array of books of
all kinds including fction, non-
fction, children’s, cookbooks,
books on cassette, and much
more. Prices range from 50
cents for children’s books to $1
or $2 for other books. Come,
browse, buy, and support the
programs of Friends such as
Summer Reading for Children.
For more information, call 662-
Tuesday, September 10
u REPM Meeting — The
Clay County Unit of the
Retired Teachers Education
personnel of Mississippi will
meet at 2 p.m. in the Esther
Pippen Room of the Bryan
Public Library. There will be
a reception honoring recent
retirees of the WPSD.
Members and prospective
members are invited to attend.
REPM is open to all retired
personnel from Mississippi
School Districts. For more
information contact president
Ella Seay 494-8323, or vice-
president Robbie Bryant 494-
Saturday, Sept. 14
u BBQ Fundraiser — The
Southeast Clay County
Volunteer Fire Dept. on
Waverly Road is cooking rib
plates and pulled pork plates for
$7, wing plates for $6, plates
include drink, slaw, baked beans
and bread, from 10 a.m. - until.
Pre-order Boston Butts $25. To
place an order or for more
information, call Phillip Collins
295-3036, Maro Collins 295-
2757, Jason Alsobrooks 295-
6427 or the Fire Station 494-
All “Church Announcements” are published as a com-
munity service on a frst-come, frst-served basis and
as space allows. Announcements must be 60 words or
less, written in complete sentences and submitted in
writing at least fve days prior to the requested dates of
publication. No announcements will be taken over the
telephone. Announcements submitted after noon will
not be published for the next day’s paper. To submit
announcements, email
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.”
Sunday, September 1
uHomecoming — Yeates Chapel is hav-
ing homecoming services at 2:30 p.m. Guest
speaker is Dr. Kenneth Calvert of Shiloh
Baptist Church of Kinsport, Tenn.
Saturday, September 7
u Women’s Conference — Gospel
Temple M.B. Church is having a Women’s
Conference from 10 a.m. - noon. Guest
speaker is “Chosen Women of God.”
Sunday, September 8
u12 Tribes Service — Strong Hill M.B.
Church is focusing on the 12 Tribes of Israel;
A Journey Out of the Wilderness to the
Promised Land at 2:30. Guest speaker is Rev.
Joe Peoples of Stephen’s Chapel Baptist
Church of Columbus. Everyone is invited to
u Pastor Anniversary — St. Robertson
M.B. are celebrating the 41st Anniversary of
Rev. Elbert and Sister Lee’s service and dedi-
cation to the church at 3 p.m. Guest speaker
is Nathaniel D. Houston of Miller’s Chapel
M.B. Church of Macon.
u Family and Friends Day — Mt. Zion
M.B. Church is having Family and Friends
Day at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is Rev. Henry
Lee Brownlee of Cedar Grove M.B. Church
of Aberdeen.
u Men and Women’s Day — Mt. Zion
M.B. Church of Pheba is having its Men and
Women’s Day Program at 3 p.m. Guest
speaker is Rev. Lee Brand Jr. of Bethel M.B.
Church of Starkville.
u Women’s Day — Gospel Temple M.B.
Church is having their Women’s Day Program
at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is Pastor Glenda
Mays of Gibson St. Church of God of
u Church Anniversary — Pleasant Plain
M.B. Church is cordially inviting everyone to
share in their celebration of their 123rd
Anniversary at 2:30 p.m. Guest speaker is
Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Gladney of Red Oak Grove
Church and his church family of Tupelo.
Dinner will be served.
Friday, September 13
u Women’s Service — Progress St.
Church of God is having a Women’s
Discipleship Service at 7 p.m. Guest speaker
is Sister Kathy Jackson of McCool Church of
God. Everyone is invited to come and share
the blessing.
Saturday, September 14
uBake Sale — Greenwood M.B. Church
is having a Bake Sale from 7 a.m. until at the
Bancorp South parking lot next to Kroger.
Community Calendar
ChurCh Calendar
For Daily times leader
Mississippi State University will wel-
come former head football coach Jackie
Sherrill back to Davis Wade Stadium at
Cowbell Yell 2013 on today at 10 p.m.
Fans should enter The Junction on
the south side of the stadium for the pep
rally celebrating the upcoming home
football game, the first of the 2013-
2014 season. Davis Wade Stadium gates
will open at 8:45 p.m. Thursday for
Cowbell Yell 2013, while MSU's first
home game will kick off versus Alcorn
State University at 2:30 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 7.
"Cowbell Yell is a great event to excite
the student body for the football season
ahead and pull together support for the
Bulldogs," said Amelia Treptow, assis-
tant director for Student Activities. "The
Mississippi State University Student
Association is thrilled to announce that
the featured guest speaker at Cowbell
Yell is former head coach Jackie Sherrill."
Sherrill coached the MSU Bulldogs
from 1991 to 2003, leading the Maroon
and White to 75 victories during his 13
seasons at MSU, the most for a single
head coach in school history. He also
led the team to the Southeastern
Conference West title in 1998. During
the next season, the Bulldogs won 10
games and finished the season ranked
No. 12, the highest achieved by any
Mississippi NCAA Division 1-A school
since the 1960s.
Other guest speakers will include two
former MSU football players: National
Football League offensive lineman
Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack and former
MSU quarterback Matt Wyatt, the color
commentator for MSU football radio
broadcasts. Additionally, head football
coach Dan Mullen and athletic director
Scott Stricklin will pep up the crowd.
Other highlights for Cowbell Yell
2013 include the Famous Maroon Band
and cheer squad performing MSU's
fight song, "Hail State," and a preview
of this season's halftime show.
The first 500 guests through the gates
will receive a free Cowbell Yell T-shirt,
and all students will get opportunities to
win autographed cowbells.
For more information about Cowbell
Yell 2013, call 662-325-2930.
Yell to
"Cowbell Yell is a great
event to excite the student
body for the football season
ahead and pull together
support for the Bulldogs."
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©2010 American Profile Hometown Content Service
By MICHael
Associated Press
Plaintiffs' attorneys who bro-
kered a multibillion-dollar set-
tlement with BP following the
company's 2010 Gulf oil spill
have asked a federal appeals
court to uphold a judge's
approval of the deal.
Only a "paltry few objectors"
have raised the "narrowest of
concerns" about the settlement
that U.S. District Judge Carl
Barbier approved in December
2012, private lawyers said in a
filing Tuesday with the 5th
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
"None of them complain of
their compensation calcula-
tions, identify what compensa-
tion they are entitled to under
the Settlement, or define what
other or greater compensation
they believe they should
receive," the attorneys wrote.
On Friday, BP attorneys
argued that a three-judge panel
of the 5th Circuit should over-
turn Barbier's approval order if
the company's separate appeal
of more recent rulings on set-
tlement terms is unsuccessful.
BP argues that Barbier misin-
terpreted the settlement and
has allowed businesses to
receive hundreds of millions of
dollars for inflated or fictitious
A different 5th Circuit panel
heard the company's appeal in
July but hasn't ruled yet. BP
said it would still support
Barbier's approval of the settle-
ment if its appeal is successful.
Although Tuesday's brief
doesn't explicitly address that
dispute, plaintiffs' lawyers said
BP initially was "thrilled" with
how claims were being pro-
cessed. They previously have
argued that BP undervalued the
settlement and underestimated
how many claimants would
qualify for payments.
Court-supervised claims
administrator Patrick Juneau's
office has made more than $4.5
billion in settlement offers to
more than 55,000 Gulf Coast
businesses and residents who
claim the spill cost them money.
The private attorneys said
only five groups of objectors
have filed briefs with the 5th
Circuit, while more than
200,000 claims have been filed
with the settlement program.
Only 731 of the 200,000 claims
have resulted in appeals by class
members, they added.
"For perspective purposes,
over 69,000 business economic
claims have been filed while
only two lawyers, representing
less than 15 businesses, have
objected, voicing only the nar-
rowest of a single concern,"
they wrote.
The 5th Circuit hasn't sched-
uled a hearing yet for objectors'
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns following an explosion in 2010 that dumped millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Plaintiffs’ attorneys who brokered a multibillion-dollar settlement with BP following the spill have asked a federal appeals court to uphold
a judge’s approval of the deal. (AP photo)
Court asked to uphold BP settlement
By JeFF aMy
Associated Press
JACKSON — Huntington
Ingalls Industries will close its
Gulfport, Miss., composites facil-
ity by May 2014, laying off as
many as 315 of its 427 employ-
In an announcement
Wednesday morning, the
Newport News, Va.-based com-
pany said the shutdown is neces-
sary because of a reduction in
work for the Navy's Zumwalt-
class destroyers.
Huntington Ingalls said it
would cost $59 million to close
the shipyard, with most of that
being a non-cash write-off of the
value of the Gulfport assets. The
company said it expects the write-
off to be incurred over the next
18 months and to cut third-
quarter profit by $15 million to
$20 million. No profit reductions
are expected after that.
At least 100 employees will
transfer to the main Ingalls
Shipbuilding yard in Pascagoula,
Miss., said Huntington Ingalls
spokeswoman Jerri Fuller
Dickseski. She said that workers
who are being laid off will be
offered opportunities there.
"We're initiating what we call a
pathway to Pascagoula," she said.
The company has 9,900 work-
ers in Pascagoula right now, and
spokeswoman Beci Brenton said
the company is "aggressively hir-
ing" there to handle an increasing
workload. She said workers
would be retrained to build tradi-
tional steel ships at the yard 30
miles to the east, and offered
direct transfers.
The facility has been building
deckhouses out of carbon fiber
materials and balsa wood cores
for the guided missile destroyers,
which are being assembled at
General Dynamics Corp.'s Bath
Iron Works shipyard in Maine.
Because of the multibillion-dollar
cost of each ship, the Navy cut its
order to three and restarted pro-
duction on an older class of
destroyer. Then, earlier this year,
the Navy decided to put a steel
deckhouse on the third Zumwalt-
class ship, the future Lyndon B.
Johnson. Bath Iron Works
announced Aug. 5 that it had
won a $212 million contract for
steel deckhouse, hangar and
launching-system modules.
"This is a difficult but necessary
decision," Huntington Ingalls
CEO Mike Petters said in a state-
ment. "Due to the reduction in
the Zumwalt-class (DDG 1000)
ship construction and the recent
U.S. Navy decision to use steel
products on Lyndon B. Johnson
(DDG 1002), there is both lim-
ited and declining Navy use for
composite products from the
Gulfport facility."
The Gulfport facility also
builds composite masts for the
San Antonio class of composite
ships. The Gulfport unit is now
building the mast for the future
Portland, the last of the nine
ships in that class. Irwin
Edenzon, Huntington Ingalls
corporate vice president and
president of Ingalls Shipbuilding,
said Gulfport is expected to
complete ongoing work by
March 2014.
Gulfport shipyard will shut down by May
AP Food Industry Writer
NEW YORK — McDonald's
Corp. says a revamped version of its
Dollar Menu that includes items
priced at $5 could be launched
nationally this year.
The world's biggest hamburger
chain says it has been testing ver-
sions of its famous value menu that's
called "Dollar Menu & More" in five
markets across the country. The
company noted that no official
changes have yet been made to its
current Dollar Menu, which was
introduced more than a decade ago.
The independent franchisees that
run the company's more than
14,000 U.S. locations would need
to approve the change, said Neil
Golden, chief marketing officer for
Golden said that the results from
the tests have been positive and the
company is in the process of sharing
the information with franchisees. In
order to be approved, at least 75
percent of the company's 180 mar-
keting cooperatives across the coun-
try would need to vote for it.
The Dollar Menu & More that
was tested has three price points
—$1, $2 and $5 or "shareable"
items such as 20-piece McNuggets.
Another version that was tested has
prices of $1, $1.79 and $4.99. The
menu includes more chicken items,
as well as versions of its burgers that
come with an extra beef patty or
toppings such as bacon.
Golden declined to provide spe-
cifics, but said the menu provided "a
broader range of profitability" for
McDonald's conducted the
Dollar Menu & More tests in
Fresno, Ca.; Albuquerque, N.M.;
Columbia, S.C.; the combined mar-
ket of Hartford, Conn./Springfield,
Ma.; and Memphis, Tenn.
The tests come as McDonald's
and other fast-food chains have
been trumpeting their value menus
amid increased competition and the
weak economy. Some analysts have
raised concerns that the strategy
could eat into profit margins.
Wendy's addressed the issue earlier
this year by revamping its 99-cent
menu to a "Right Price Right Size"
menu, with prices ranging up to
around $2.
McDonald's, based in Oak
Brook, Ill., has had to swap out
items on its Dollar Menu over the
years as costs for ingredients such as
beef have climbed. When it was first
introduced, for example, the flag-
ship offering on the Dollar Menu
was the Big 'N Tasty, which was
made with a quarter-pound beef
patty. The most substantial burger
on the menu now is the McDouble,
which comes with two patties and a
slice of cheese.
McDonald’s exploring
changes to Dollar Menu
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It’s a good thing President
Obama has taken a step back
from unilaterally ordering mis-
sile strikes on Syria in retalia-
tion for its government’s
alleged gassing of hundreds of
Syrian civilians. The president
announced Saturday, in an
apparent change of mind, that
he would first ask Congress’
concurrence before proceeding
with launching the targeted
That should slow the
momentum that had been
building toward what appeared
to be a near-certain and widely
unpopular U.S. military action
against the regime of Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad.
Obama presently has little
support in the international
community for these proposed
strikes, little support among
American citizens and little
support among Congress. If
he can convince U.S. lawmak-
ers that he is right, then maybe
the rest will fall in line, too. At
least the pending debate will
provide a more thorough vet-
ting of the president’s analysis,
not just about the use of chem-
ical weapons in?Syria but what
he thinks can be accomplished
with limited U.S. military
Other than maintaining for-
eign-policy credibility for
Obama, who had told Assad
that he would not tolerate the
use of chemical weapons in
that country’s civil war, such a
course of action has peril writ-
ten all over it — and seems to
be a baffling blindness by
Obama to the nation’s recent
poor decisions in the region
and a tone-deafness to world
and domestic opinion.
Maybe the U.S. would get
lucky and these precision
strikes would knock out impor-
tant Syrian military installa-
tions without killing and
maiming civilians; maybe they
would destroy Assad’s chemi-
cal weapon stockpiles without
sending them perilously into
the atmosphere; maybe Assad
would behave better in
response; maybe the conflict
wouldn’t escalate to include
the infusion of U.S. troops;
and maybe the intelligence on
which these strikes would be
based wouldn’t turn out to be
The problem is, we’ve been
here before, and it’s not gone
well. The United States has
tried precision strikes and
either missed the targets or
had little impact on the regimes
they were intended to punish.
We’ve accepted on good faith
the word of a president and a
secretary of state about weap-
ons of mass destruction, only
to find out later the intelli-
gence was flawed. We have
injected ourselves in Middle
Eastern nations — at a cost of
billions of dollars and thou-
sands of U.S. lives — and
found the end result not much
better than when we started.
Certainly, using chemical
weapons on civilians or anyone
else is an abomination. There
are, however, lots of abomina-
tions going on in this world
— other civil wars, genocides,
forced starvations where the
casualties are much higher —
that we don’t respond to with
military force. It is impossible
to be the world’s policeman,
particularly in parts of the
world that hate the policeman
as much as they do their inter-
nal enemies.
The best strategy we’ve
heard on the civil war in Syria
comes from Ryan Crocker,
who previously served as an
ambassador in a half-dozen
Middle Eastern nations, includ-
ing Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
He is now dean of Texas A&M
University’s George Bush
School of Government and
Public Service.
Crocker, speaking on
National Public Radio last
week, compared dealing with
Syria to combatting wildfires
out West. Firefighters know
there’s no way to put out the
fires. The best they can do is
contain them until they burn
themselves out.
So it should be with Syria,
according to Crocker. The
U.S. policy should be to con-
tain the civil war there to keep
it from spreading into neigh-
boring nations, but until the
sectarian violence extinguishes
itself, there’s little we can do to
positively affect Syria’s out-
Attacks on Syria questionable
Other Views: the enterprise-JOurnal
Lack of concern for Syria unsettling
I’m a firm believer in keeping
my trap shut when I don’t
know enough on a given sub-
ject mattr to discuss it. And
while we’ve been inundated
with news on the Syrian con-
flict and recent atrocities related
to chemical warfare, I’ve been
very purposely mute, largely
because there’s not much more
I can contribute on the matter.
Still, I find the general “let
those people sort it out for
themselves” attitude conveyed
by both congressional leaders
and the public at large deeply
unsettling on a number of lev-
Not that I’m saying we
should run in guns blazing like
a bunch of cowboys with some-
thing to prove. Most of us are
aware of just how that turned
out for us last time, thank you
George W. Bush. The new age
Vietnam that is Iraq and
Afghanistan has yielded nothing
save exorbitant expense, thou-
sands of lives lost and renewed
cultural tension.
And no matter how you look
at it, it’s a no-win scenario. No
one will come out on top of a
situation like this. Period. The
U.S. isn’t going to show up like
the white knight waving a
sword to save a damsel in dis-
tress. This isn’t a fairy tale, it’s a
civil war that will continue until
it exhausts itself, regardless of
outside force. There is no win-
Some question of proof lin-
gers, as well. Plenty of claims
have been thrown around, but
to my knowledge no solid proof
that the Assad regime actually
willfully used chemical warfare
on its own people. I’m inclined
to believe that this was in fact
the case, but I’m also inclined to
need incontrovertible proof and
a consensus as to the total dev-
astation; presently, we’ve heard
too many conclusions based on
the alleged attack — from 281
dead to 1,429. That’s a tremen-
dous difference. Not to say the
act is any less heinous, but
inconsistent accounts raise a red
For these reasons, and many
others, from a personal — and
slightly selfish — standpoint,
I’d rather leave the whole thing
alone. I understand the hesi-
tancy to leap into the heat of
Yet, at the same time, we’re
held to a certain standard and
obligation, aren’t we? Not by
virtue of the nation’s status in
the world, but by the fact that
we’re all human beings.
Chemical warfare.
The words are chilling in and
of themselves. Aside from
nuclear war, there is no more
terrifying prospect. A silent
enemy in the air you breathe,
there are toxins which will turn
the body into a trap liquefying
itself from the inside out. What
a horrifying way to die.
Knowing that there are those
so blatantly disrespectful of
human life — the lives of their
kin; the lives of children —
turns my stomach. The human
in me wants someone to be held
For this reason, the many
atrocities visited upon the Syrian
people and the 100,000-plus
dead within its borders since the
outbreak of violence, it is not an
issue that should be pushed
aside so easily.
So, when I see things like Sen.
John McCain playing poker on
his iPhone during a hearing to
determine whether the U.S.
should intervene in the Syrian
conflict I’m not just appalled,
I’m furious. At the very least,
the notion that the American
people may once again be step-
ping into war should merit
some measure of focus. The
dead and dying in Syria deserve
it, as well.
The average U.S. citizen —
myself included — isn’t any bet-
ter. When people were writhing
in the streets, Facebook was
blowing up about Miley Cyrus.
I can’t help but wonder if
someone had loosed Sarin gas
into the middle of London or
Montreal or any other region of
the world really — any other
non-Islamic region of the world
— would John McCain still be
playing poker? Would Miley
Cyrus have twerked her way
onto front pages?
My guess is probably not.
Mary Garrison
DTL Editor
Lobbyists and other gov-
ernment relations types
who ply their trade in the
nation’s capital are surely
grabbing their last few
moments of uninterrupted
sleep for some time to
come. That is because
September will be a month
to remember.
Congress returns to town
on September 9th, and
rarely have so many divisive
issues whose solutions are
mandatory awaited its
attention. Furthermore,
members of the U. S.
House and Senate are com-
ing back to work fortified
with an earful of instruc-
tions from their districts
and states delivered to them
in the fever of the August
It would be enough if the
pressure was simply one of
cobbling together the fed-
eral budget for a new fiscal
year and passing it within
21 days of arriving back in
town. Daunting as that
time frame would be, it
would seem downright lei-
surely compared to the
growing mountain of work
that could once be delayed
but is now unavoidable.
And, lest we forget, there is
that added little matter that
picked up during the sum-
mer break – a certain-to-be
bitter debate over U. S.
action in the Syrian civil
It would be instructive to
take a quick look at some of
the big issues and the cross
pressures that are adding a
feeling of desperation to an
already tight situation. And
if September was not
enough, the first day of
October brings us the first
major point of public
involvement in Obamacare.
That is when the signup for
plans in the health care
exchanges may begin. Many
observers feel that if
Obamacare is not derailed
by then the build up in
momentum will be too
great to ever stop it.
But as fate would have it,
in this highly partisan envi-
ronment those on the right
believe that two distinct
possibilities exist to hold
hostage the funding for the
formally named Affordable
Care Act. The requirement
to pass a budget, or at least
a continuing resolution, has
a September 30 deadline. If
Congress fails to pass at
least a continuing resolu-
tion, which basically says
that agencies may continue
spending at current levels,
then government coffers
would essentially be out of
money and most govern-
ment services would grind
to a halt. A significant
group of Republicans has
expressed a willingness to
do just that if any funding
for Obamacare is included
in expenditure plans.
If holding back on the
budget proves unworkable
for leveraging purposes the
moment is upon us in
which Congress must take
what was once a routine
vote to raise the debt ceil-
ing so that we may contin-
ue using our “line of credit”
for expenditures. Failure to
raise the debt ceiling means
the U. S. government
would default on all man-
ner of obligations already
made. There are several
who have expressed a pref-
erence for this approach in
toppling funding for
Of course the aforemen-
tioned predictably rancor-
ous fight over military
action in Syria must pre-
cede the fights over these
two issues and several more
besides. Lost in the shuffle,
for example, is the $40 bil-
lion in nutrition programs
that fell by the wayside
when the House passed its
version of the farm bill. All
of these debates carry with
them the possibilities of
rearranging alliances among
members and between
members and the President.
What is the upshot of all
of this? Past history shows
that Congress will roll up
its sleeves and put aside
partisan bickering and get
these issues settled for the
good of the country. What
is the likelihood of such a
scenario unfolding today?
If the continued heated
rhetoric is taken at face
value, chances appear slim.
Republicans in particular
are returning from districts
and states where they have
been promised primary
opponents who are even
more conservative than
they themselves are. All
have had their pledges
never to compromise rein-
forced by the folks back
Indeed, we are likely to
get our best lessons yet on
how a government built to
run on compromise works
when its incumbents refuse
to do so. No doubt there
will be votes cast by
Congressmen and Senators
on both sides of the aisle
that can best be described
as career-risking acts of
bravery. Let us all hope that
there are enough of these to
get us through these times.
A September
to remember
Marty Wiseman
Local & State
Daily Times Leader Thursday, September 5, 2013 • Page 5
associated Press
Greenville man will be court
Sept. 9 to face charges of ille-
gally tapping into the city's
water supply.
Assistant Police Chief
Andrew Kaho said police
arrested Byron Coleman, 32,
this past week and charged
him with theft of utilities.
Coleman posted bond.
"It is more common than
you might think. It happens
with all utilities — cable,
water, electricity," Kaho told
the Delta Democrat Times.
Coleman allegedly tapped
into a water line at his prop-
erty along U.S. Highway 82,
said water department director
Korey Adams, who had previ-
ously warned Coleman.
"We take a strong position
against people who use straight
pipes to avoid water bills,"
Adams said. "Our department
goes out and follows up on
accounts that we have had
trouble with in the past. We
are being vigilant to eliminate
water utility theft."
The water department wants
to help residents avoid trouble,
Adams said, and that talking
with the water department
often can help avoid legal
"Bills go out monthly,"
Adams said. "If you fail to get
a bill, just call. If you have an
outstanding balance, visit us at
City Hall, and we can work on
creating a payment plan.
Unfortunately, some residents
still try to take advantage of
Last month, Adams asked
the City Council to hire an
outside agency to begin col-
lecting on past due accounts.
Since 2009, the city is owed
more than $1.2 million from
some 4,500 delinquent
Theft of utilities carries a
possible sentence of up to
three months in jail and a
$500 fine.
"We hope our actions will
help deter further incidents
involving the theft of utilities,"
Kaho said.
Greenville man charged with stealing city’s water
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For Daily times leader
native, Pulitzer Prize winner and
current U.S. Poet Laureate
Natasha Trethewey will visit
Mississippi State Sept. 24.
Trethewey will read from her
works and offer commentary
during a free program to begin at
5:30 p.m. in the Colvard Union’s
Bill R. Foster Ballroom. A ques-
tion-and-answer session will fol-
While open to all, the univer-
sity program will require an
admission entry ticket. One com-
plimentary ticket per person is
available in the Union’s Center
for Student Activities, Suite 314.
Trethewey currently is in her
second year as the 19th U.S. Poet
Laureate. At Emory University in
Atlanta, Ga., she is the Robert
W. Woodruff Professor of
English and Creative Writing,
and director of Emory’s creative
writing program.
Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer
Prize in Poetry for her 2006 col-
lection “Native Guard,” she also
is Mississippi’s Poet Laureate--the
first African-American to hold
that designation.
Trethewey’s campus visit is
sponsored by MSU African-
American Studies; centers for
Student Activities and Teaching
and Learning; College of Arts
and Sciences and its Institute for
the Humanities; English depart-
ment and its Mississippi
Quarterly; Richard Holmes
Cultural Diversity Center; and
the Office of the Provost.
After receiving an English
degree at the University of
Georgia, Trethewey went on to
complete a master’s in English
and creative writing from Hollins
University in Virginia. She then
earned a second master’s in poet-
ry from the University of
Massachusetts Amherst.
In May 2010, Trethewey was
honored with an honorary doc-
torate by Hollins, where she also
delivered the commencement
address. She previously received
an honorary degree from Delta
State University.
Librarian of Congress James
Billington praised Trethewey’s
poems, writing that they “dig
beneath the surface of history,
personal or communal, from
childhood or from a century ago,
to explore the human struggles
that we all face.”
Other notable Trethewey pub-
lications include “Thrall” (2012);
“Bellocq’s Ophelia” (2002),
named a 2003 Notable Book by
the American Library Association;
and “Domestic Work” (2000).
She is also the author of “Beyond
Katrina: A Meditation on the
Mississippi Gulf Coast” (2010).
Her poems have appeared in
journals and anthologies, includ-
ing American Poetry Review,
Callaloo, Kenyon Review, The
Southern Review, New England
Review, Gettysburg Review, and
several The Best American Poetry
Trethewey has been honored
with fellowships from the
Guggenheim Foundation,
Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio
Study Center, National
Endowment for the Arts, and
Bunting Fellowship Program of
the Radcliffe Institute for
Advanced Study at Harvard.
For more information about
Trethewey’s visit, telephone 662-
For more about the university,
US Poet Laureate to speak at MSU
associated Press
GULFPORT — Federal
authorities in south Mississippi
have charged a man with try-
ing to trade a Gulfport bar for
a large quantity of cocaine.
Victor Darnell Williams was
arrested Friday. He appeared
in U.S. District Court in
Gulfport on Monday for a pre-
liminary hearing.
The judge said there was
enough evidence to send the
case to a grand jury. He
ordered Williams held without
A complaint filed in federal
court said Williams met with a
police informant several times
from June through August in
an attempt to by a large
amount of cocaine for distribu-
The complaint, written by a
DEA agent, said Williams
claimed to own the Eclipse
Sports Bar in Gulfport and
that he and the informant
agreed to a deal in which
Williams would trade the bar
for 12 kilograms of cocaine in
exchange for the bar.
Williams was arrested when
the two drove to a hotel for
what Williams allegedly
thought was at trip to pick up
the drugs.
Man facing charges
in south Mississippi
cocaine investigation
associated Press
BILOXI — The Biloxi City
Council will hold a public hear-
ing on Oct. 1 on a zoning change
for an area west of Interstate 10
on the Back Bay for a $220 mil-
lion casino.
The Sun Herald reports that
developers told the council
Tuesday night that new flood
regulations make the 18-acre site
unaffordable for residential or
small business development.
Wayne Hengen, the attorney
for the developers, says the
18-acre site is controlled by local
property owners.
The developers have asked that
the site be rezoned as waterfront,
which is required for a casino.
Hengen says the Mississippi
Gaming Commission will decide
once the zoning change is made
whether the property is a legal
casino site.
Biloxi considers rezoning
for $220 million casino
associated Press
Jackson County Board of
Supervisors has agreed to hire two
attorneys to defend Sheriff Mike
Byrd and several of his employees
in a $30 million federal lawsuit
filed by former Ocean Springs
Alderman James Hagan.
Board members said the attor-
neys will not represent Byrd in his
recent criminal indictment on
charges including embezzlement
and extortion.
The decision was made during a
closed session Tuesday.
Hagan filed suit in June against
Jackson County, Byrd and four
sheriff's employees. He claims the
sheriff and his department engaged
in improper search and seizure,
witness tampering, perjury, false
arrest and malicious prosecution.
The lawsuit followed his arrest in
November 2011 on charges
including alleged child pornogra-
phy and embezzlement — charges
that were eventually dropped.
Two supervisors have called for
Byrd to resign.
Supervisor John McKay said, "it
is my personal opinion that it
would benefit the county if he
were to resign, but it's his deci-
"I think it would be beneficial
to the county that the sheriff
would resign," supervisor Melton
Harris said. "It will monopolize
our time within these next several
months, and possibly a year, as far
as what will be the lead story in
our county. Any positive thing
will be completely overshadowed
by this. We need to get this
behind us."
Byrd was indicted last week on
29 felony charges that include
embezzlement, fraud, witness
tampering, hindering prosecution,
extortion and intimidating an offi-
cer and two misdemeanor charg-
Under state law, he may keep
his elected position as sheriff
unless he pleads guilty or is con-
Jackson board set to fund
sheriff’s defense in lawsuit
Lena Hurst is turning
94-years-old Friday,
Sept. 6. She was born
Sept. 6, 1919. Hurst
will celebrate this spe-
cial day with family and
friends. Happy Birth-
day! (Submitted photo)
turns 94
Daily Times Leader Page 6 • Thursday, September 5, 2013
By anDreW
Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The
Cleveland man serving a life
sentence for holding three
women captive in his home for
a decade hanged himself in his
prison cell with a bedsheet, offi-
cials said Wednesday in another
shocking twist in the case that
transfixed and appalled the city.
Ariel Castro, 53, was found
hanging Tuesday night at the
state prison in Orient, said
JoEllen Smith, a spokeswoman
for the corrections system.
Prison medical staff performed
CPR before Castro was taken
to a hospital, where he was pro-
nounced dead.
"He took the coward's way
out," said Elsie Cintron, a
neighbor who lived up the
street from the former school
bus driver. "We're sad to hear
that he's dead, but at the same
time, we're happy he's gone,
and now we know he can't ask
for an appeal or try for one if
he's acting like he's crazy."
Through a spokeswoman, his
three victims declined to com-
Castro was sentenced Aug. 1
to life in prison plus 1,000 years
after pleading guilty to 937
counts, including kidnapping
and rape, in a deal to avoid the
death penalty. At his sentenc-
ing, he told the judge: "I'm not
a monster. I'm sick."
A scornful Cuyahoga County
Prosecutor Tim McGinty said:
"This man couldn't take, for
even a month, a small portion
of what he had dished out for
more than a decade."
Castro had been in a cell by
himself in protective custody
because of his notoriety, mean-
ing he was checked every 30
minutes, but was not on a sui-
cide watch, which entails con-
stant supervision, Smith said.
She said Castro used a bed-
An autopsy showed the death
was suicide by hanging, said
Dr. Jan Gorniak, Franklin
County coroner.
The American Civil Liberties
Union of Ohio asked the prison
system to conduct a full investi-
Castro's captives — Amanda
Berry, Gina DeJesus and
Michelle Knight — disappeared
separately between 2002 and
2004, when they were 14, 16
and 20 years old.
They were rescued from
Castro's run-down house in a
tough Cleveland neighborhood
on May 6 when Berry broke
out a screen door and yelled to
Elation over the women's res-
cue turned to shock as details
emerged about their captivity.
Castro fathered a child with
Berry while she was being held.
The girl was 6 when she was
Investigators also disclosed
that the women were bound
with chains, repeatedly raped
and deprived of food and bath-
room facilities. Knight told
authorities that Castro impreg-
nated her repeatedly and made
her miscarry by starving her and
punching her in the belly. Berry
was forced to give birth in a
plastic kiddie pool.
On Castro's old street
Wednesday, freshly planted
landscaping was in bloom on
the site where his house stood
before it was demolished by the
city a month ago. Satellite TV
trucks returned to record the
Castro's suicide "does give a
little bit of closure to the fami-
lies and people that got affected
by what he did," resident Jessica
Burchett said, "but at the same
time he deserved to be in there
for his life because of what he
did to those girls."
No one answered the door at
the home of Castro's mother
and brother.
His lawyers tried unsuccess-
fully to have a psychological
examination of Castro done in
jail before he was turned over to
state authorities following his
guilty plea, his attorney, Jaye
Schlachet, said Wednesday.
Schlachet would not comment
Members of the Guardian
Angels volunteer patrol group
stationed themselves in their red
berets outside DeJesus' home
and said her family didn't want
to be bothered as the commu-
nity absorbed the news.
"I ask the community to con-
tinue to respect the privacy of
the survivors so that they can
move forward with their lives,"
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson
said in a statement.
The prison where Castro
hanged himself, a so-called
reception center for newly
arrived inmates, is filled with
nearly twice the 900 prisoners it
was meant to hold, according
to state data.
Stress is high and assaults are
up at the prison, but Tim
Shafer, an official with the
guards' union, said: "Just like
out in the public, suicides hap-
pen, and you just can't prevent
every one of them."
Castro was watched closely in
the Cuyahoga County Jail in
the several weeks between his
arrest and his guilty plea, with
logs noting his activity every 10
minutes. He was taken off the
suicide watch in June after
authorities concluded he was
not a suicide risk.
In an interview last month,
Castro's lawyers said that their
client clearly fit the profile of
someone with a sociopathic dis-
order and that they hoped
researchers would study him for
clues that could be used to stop
other predators.
Man who held 3 women captive hangs himself
A fower garden marks the site of the former home of Ariel Castro Wednesday on Seymour Avenue in Cleveland. Castro, 53, serving a
life sentence for the kidnapping and rape of three women, was found hanging in his cell Tuesday night at the Correctional Reception
Center in Orient, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
By Matt VolZ
Associated Press
HELENA, Mont. —
Medical marijuana businesses
worried that federal agents
will close them down now
have a roadmap to avoid
prosecution, courtesy of the
Justice Department's decision
to allow legal pot in Colorado
and Washington state.
The agency said last week
that even though the drug
remains illegal under federal
law, it won't intervene to
block state pot laws or pros-
ecute as long as states create
strict and effective controls
that follow eight conditions.
"The DOJ is saying you
guys need to color inside the
lines," said Teri Robnett,
founder of the Cannabis
Patients Action Network, a
Westminster, Colo.-based
medical marijuana advocacy
group. "If you color inside
the lines, we'll let you keep
your crayons.
"If you don't, we can come
in and take your crayons
away," she said.
The DOJ's policy memo
comes after voters in Colorado
and Washington last fall
passed first-in-the-nation laws
to allow recreational pot use
and follows similar agency
statements in recent years
that helped spur the creation
of medical marijuana systems
across the U.S.
In states like Montana and
California, an explosion in
the use of medical marijuana
spawned a backlash, stricter
laws and tougher federal
U.S. Attorney Benjamin
Wagner, whose office covers
the Eastern District of
California, said more than
half of the cases his office
prosecutes comply with the
criteria set out by the policy
memo. Wagner said the
memo wasn't so much a mes-
sage to the marijuana indus-
try but one to ensure there is
better collaboration between
state and federal authorities.
In California, "some cities
and counties are banning
(dispensaries), while others
are licensing them and
encouraging them," Wagner
said. "It's hard to see how the
current system fits the descrip-
tion laid out in the memo."
With legal, recreational pot
on the horizon in two states,
the memo is raising questions
about the future of medical
marijuana not just in
Washington and Colorado,
but the 18 other states and
Washington, D.C., that allow
While advocates say it's too
early to gauge the impact of
the new recreational pot
push, there were signs it
could hurt medical marijuana.
In Washington, the gover-
nor and many lawmakers
were already looking to rein
in the state's unregulated
medical marijuana market
because they worried its
untaxed cannabis would
undercut the highly taxed rec-
reational pot.
There may be some attri-
tion in the beginning, as bar-
gain-hunting medical mari-
juana users or those wanting
to avoid the government
bureaucracy of state registries
dabble in the recreational
market, Robnett said. But
most will stay because the
medical strains are tailored
for their illnesses, can be
more potent and don't neces-
sarily create a high while
relieving their symptoms, she
The DOJ memo outlines
eight areas of "marijuana-
related conduct" that it won't
tolerate, from distribution to
kids to use of firearms and
drugged driving. Marijuana
advocates say they welcome
them as guidelines for medi-
cal marijuana states to tailor
their laws and a way for other
states to enact new laws with-
out fear of federal reprisal.
Advocates say states with
even regulations that meet or
exceed regulations in those
areas should not be worried
about increased federal scru-
tiny. "It should give growers
and dispensers a level of com-
fort that the federal govern-
ment is becoming clearer in
what their guidance is to U.S.
attorneys," said Roseanne
Scotti, the New Jersey direc-
tor of the Drug Policy
In Oregon, state health
officials are drawing up regu-
lations for a new medical
marijuana program for next
year. U.S. Attorney Amanda
Marshall has said the state
will need to create strong
teeth when it writes the regu-
lations, and make sure it can
enforce them.
For those who do color
outside the lines, the reper-
cussions can be harsh.
In Montana, a 2004 voter-
approved medical pot law
was vague on local law-
enforcement's abilities to reg-
ulate commercial activity.
The feds stepped in when the
number of registered pot pro-
viders topped 4,800 with bill-
board ads and huge green-
houses operating in the open.
Raids in 2011 led to the
convictions of 33 providers
and, coupled with a major
rewrite of the state law, led to
the demise of most commer-
cial sales.
Medical pot looks to ‘color inside the lines’
Benjamin Wagner, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California, right, discusses
a crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries by California’s federal prosecutors during a news
conference in Sacramento, Calif. In states like Montana and California, an explosion in the use of
medical marijuana has spawned a backlash, stricter laws and tougher federal enforcement. (AP
Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
“the DOJ is saying you guys need to color inside the lines. if
you color inside the lines, we’ll let you keep your crayons .If
you don’t, we can come in and take your crayons away.”
By JIM Vertuno
Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas
judge is pushing Lance
Armstrong closer to his first
sworn testimony on details of
his performance-enhancing
drug use, ordering the cyclist
to answer questions about
who knew what and when
about his doping, including
possibly his ex-wife and his
Nebraska-based Acceptance
Insurance Holding is seeking
the information in its lawsuit
to recover $3 million in
bonuses it paid Armstrong
from 1999 to 2001. A judge
previously refused to dismiss
the case.
Acceptance is trying to
prove a yearslong conspiracy
and cover-up by Armstrong
to commit fraud. It wants to
know when several of
Armstrong's personal and
business associates — includ-
ing ex-wife Kristin Armstrong,
team officials, the cyclist's
lawyers and International
Cycling Union President Pat
McQuaid — first learned of
his doping.
Armstrong's attorneys
objected to those demands in
court documents, arguing the
former cyclist already has
acknowledged cheating and
that Acceptance is engaged in
a "harassing, malicious ... fish-
ing expedition" intended to
"make a spectacle of
Armstrong's doping."
Travis County District
Judge Tim Sulak last week
ordered Armstrong to provide
documents and written
answers to a series of ques-
tions by the end of September.
The case has been set for trial
in April 2014.
The questions seek informa-
tion dating to 1995 and ask
Armstrong to detail who was
paid for delivered perfor-
mance-enhancing drugs, who
determined what amount to
use and administered them,
and who was aware of his
drug use. Acceptance specifi-
cally asks for information on
when and how Armstrong's
closest friends, advisers, ex-
wife and business partners
learned of his doping.
After more than a decade of
denials, Armstrong told
Oprah Winfrey in a January
interview that he doped to
win the Tour de France seven
times, titles that have now
been stripped away. But the
admission lacked details and
he has refused to provide
sworn testimony to a the U.S.
Anti-Doping Agency, even
when it was presented as his
only chance to lift his lifetime
ban from sport.
Mark Kincaid, an attorney
for Acceptance, declined to
comment Tuesday, but previ-
ously said he would push to
depose Armstrong under
oath. Armstrong attorney
Tim Herman did not respond
to a request for comment.
Armstrong's lawyers said
information about ex-wife
Kristin Armstrong and the
attorneys is exempt from dis-
closure under spouse and
attorney-client privilege.
Acceptance argues there are
no protections for spouses
and lawyers who may be
aware of fraud.
The judge ordered
Armstrong to answer the
questions. He can claim
spouse or attorney-client priv-
ilege, but if he does,
Acceptance would be allowed
to challenge whether the
information should be with-
held and ask the judge to
The USADA report on
Armstrong included witness
statements from at least three
former teammates who said
Kristin Armstrong participat-
ed in or at least knew about
doping on the teams and
knew team code names for the
blood-booster EPO kept in
her refrigerator. Postal rider
Jonathan Vaughters testified
that she handed riders corti-
sone pills wrapped in foil.
Acceptance also wants
Armstrong to reveal any pay-
ments made to cover up dop-
The insurer's list of names
includes McQuaid, who is
fighting to keep his job as
head of cycling's international
governing body. McQuaid
and predecessor Hein
Verbruggen have been
accused of ignoring the dop-
ing culture in the sport and
accepting money from
Armstrong in exchange for
turning a blind eye to his
team's doping practices. Both
have denied any wrongdoing,
and McQuaid has said he was
"fooled" by Armstrong.
Judge orders Armstrong to
answer doping questions
After a sputtering offen-
sive performance and week
one loss, many Mississippi
State fans did the usual –
talk amongst themselves.
Who else better under-
stands the disappointments
in life many Mississippi State
fans deal with on a regular
basis – the heart-breaking
losses and tough losing sea-
sons. I should know: I wear
maroon-and-white on
One of those fans was my
dad, Ricky, who thought of
this “brilliant” idea after
watching Oklahoma State’s
defense manhandle the
Bulldog offense – holding
the dogs to their lowest
points under Head Coach
Dan Mullen since 2009
against Alabama. A little
Sunday morning quarter-
backing led to Ricky telling
his church friend Caby Byrne
– a Mississippi State alum
and die-hard Bulldog fan –
that the Dogs may need to
invest in a new quarterback
coach. Caby believed this
idea to be an excellent
opportunity for his favorite
team and proceeded to email
Mississippi State’s athletic
director Scott Stricklin the
Here’s an excerpt from
the email: “Scott, several of
us did our usual Sunday
football recap today and felt
it might be a good idea to
explore the potential of hir-
ing Tim Tebow as a quarter-
back coach for State. With
his relationship to Coach
Mullins, it would be a great
asset to MSU to have him
for the PR in recruiting in
what is obviously a rebuild-
ing time for the Dawgs. He
would help develop quarter-
backs who can do the full
range needed to play at the
SEC level. We could use the
type of intensity he brings to
the game along with the
skills and work ethic he is
known to have. I just got
back from Boston where I
saw him play his last game;
he may not fit the mold of
the NFL but he has defi-
nitely shown character in his
persistence to play and the
respect he has gained from
all he have worked with
I can totally agree with
Caby, and I sure hope that
Stricklin is thinking along
the same lines – answering
Caby’s email with a cordial
response back.
The former Florida Gator
quarterback, Heisman
Trophy recipient and two-
time national champion Tim
Tebow’s NFL career hopes
seemed dashed to pieces
after Bill Belichick and the
New England Patriots cut
Tebow this past Friday.
Though he may not have
an opportunity to continue
his career in football under
center, Tebow maybe can
have an opportunity to put
on a headset and join the
coaching ranks.
The unorthodox style
Tebow possessed as a signal
caller never quite clicked in
the NFL where quarterbacks
are expected to be a Peyton
Manning or Drew Brees –
explaining why the rumors
mills projected Tebow to go
as a tight end in the NFL
draft in 2010. Tebow has
driven a NFL team into the
playoffs, but as of late has
not seen much playing time
with the New York Jets in
2012-13 and the Patriots in
the 2013 preseason.
This unorthodox style of
quarterbacking was nurtured
by Mullen while he and
Tebow were helping Florida
to two-national champion-
The two men share a spe-
cial bond – even though
Mullen left the Florida fold
during Tebow’s senior year
in Gainesville. Mullen was
Tebow’s mentor because of
the quarterback’s drive to
become the best college
quarterback in the NCAA.
Knowing that Tebow need-
ed someone to help put him
in the position to achieve his
goal, Mullen took it upon
himself to become the men-
In 2009 – written prior
to Mississippi State hosting
Tebow and the Gators in
Starkville during the 2009
season, Danny P. Smith of
the Starkville Daily News
wrote that Tebow and
Mullen still remained in
touch through phone calls
and text messages. The rela-
tionship even goes further
past phone communications
as Mullen’s own dog, a
Wheaton Terrier, is named
“Heisman” in an ode to
Tebow winning the Heisman
Daily Times Leader Thursday, September 5, 2013 • Page 7
Will Nations
DTL Sports Reporter
MSU should hire
former Florida
quarterback Tebow
For Daily times leader
SCOOBA — The fifth-
ranked Lions of East
Mississippi Community
College will kick off their first
five-game, regular-season
home football slate since 2010
by playing host to traditional
gridiron rival East Central
Community College Thursday
evening on the Scooba cam-
pus. Game time is set for 7
p.m. at EMCC’s Sullivan-
Windham Field.
For the second consecutive
week to open EMCC’s 2013
campaign, Thursday’s contest
against East Central will be
the featured JUCO Weekly
MACJC Football Game of the
On an individual note head-
ing into the Lions’ home
opener, EMCC freshman
wide receiver/punt returner
C.J. Bates has added NJCAA
Special Teams Player of the
Week honors to his 2013
résumé after previously col-
lecting MACJC/jucoweekly.
org Player of the Week recog-
nition earlier in the week. The
former Louisville High
School standout accounted
for 178 all-purpose yards and
two touchdowns during
EMCC’s opener on four punt
returns for 100 yards and four
receptions for 78 yards.
As a team, head coach
Buddy Stephens’ EMCC
Lions moved up three notches
to No. 5 nationally in this
week’s NJCAA Top 20 foot-
ball poll following their 49-6
season-opening road victory
over Pearl River Community
College a week ago in
Poplarville. East Mississippi
maintains its No. 4 national
rating this week in both the and rank-
By JoHn Zenor
AP Sports Writer
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — This week
Southeastern Conference teams are taking
a break from those stressful fall Saturdays,
a sort of mini-vacation for a few hundred
Everyone except No. 6 South Carolina,
No. 11 Georgia or No. 12 Florida.
But the rest of the SEC is either taking
the day off (No. 1 Alabama), facing some-
one from a middling conference where a
win is likely but not a sure thing or playing
a Football Championship Subdivision
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin offers
no apologies for games like Saturday’s visit
from FCS Austin Peay, a seemingly sure
win costing a mere $300,000. He stacked
the deck somewhat after doing the math
when he took the job and figuring out that
the Commodores had a losing record over
a 10-year period in nonconference games,
making bowl berths that much harder to
come by.
“That should never happen when you
play in the SEC,” Franklin, who has led
Vandy to two straight bowls, said. “So
we’ve got to be creative and we have to
understand all those things and have a
schedule that makes sense for Vanderbilt
— nobody else, for Vanderbilt.”
Thus, nonconference games versus
Austin Peay, UMass, UAB and Wake
Forest. Surely there’s at least two or three
wins in there, and maybe even a watchable
game or two.
Tennessee paid $450,000 for the privi-
lege of a 45-0 opening win over Austin
Peay, which had never faced an SEC team.
The Governors are opening a new stadium
next season so these six-figure campaign
contributions will come in handy.
The only SEC matchup Saturday is a
doozie: the Bulldogs vs, the Gamecocks in
a pivotal Eastern Division matchup. The
Gators, meanwhile, are heading south to
play Miami.
The rest of the games will almost cer-
tainly include a few blowouts.
Five SEC teams are favored by at least
13 points and LSU is a 34.5-point favorite
to beat UAB out of Conference USA. No
odds are posted on the five games against
FCS opponents.
Alabama coach Nick Saban and athletic
director Bill Battle have said they favor
SEC teams no longer playing FCS oppo-
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney is
encouraging members to keep FCS schools
from their schedules.
No. 7 Texas A&M is tuning up for the
SEC teams face light schedule
Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, center, celebrates after Vanderbilt took the lead against Mississippi with 1:30 left in the fourth
quarter of an NCAA college football game on Friday in Nashville, Tenn. Mississippi came back and scored with a 75-yard touchdown
run with 1:07 left, and won 39-35. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
EMCC Lions kick off
5-game home slate
against East Central
By CHarles oDuM
AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA — Lucas Duda had three
hits, including a home run, and Andrew
Brown added a towering two-run shot to
lead Dillon Gee and the New York Mets
to a 5-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on
Gee (11-9) cruised after he was given a
5-0 lead in the third. The right-hander
allowed one run on four hits in seven
Freddie Freeman homered off Mets
reliever Vic Black with two outs in the
The Mets had 12 hits, including 11 in
only 4 1-3 innings against Kameron Loe
(0-2), who made his first start in the
majors since 2007. He filled in for Julio
Teheran, who was given a rest — a pos-
sible sign of things to come this month as
the Braves move closer to the postseason.
At least two Mets hitters reached base
in each of Loe’s innings.
LaTroy Hawkins gave up a double to
Elliot Johnson to lead off the ninth. Dan
Uggla and pinch-hitter Andrelton
Simmons popped up and Hawkins
earned his seventh save when pinch-hitter
Chris Johnson struck out.
Loe, 33-43 in nine seasons with Texas,
Milwaukee, Seattle, the Cubs and Braves,
had pitched only in relief since making
Duda, Brown hit HRs, Mets drop Braves 5-2
Atlanta Braves pitcher Kameron Loe (40) works in the frst inning of a baseball game
against the New York Mets Wednesday in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) See BRAVES | Page 8 See EMCC | Page 8
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Daily Times Leader Page 8 • Thursday, September 5, 2013
Trophy in 2007 Smith men-
Not only is the bond
strong between the master
and the student, Mullen has
been quoted as admiring the
hard work ethic and orga-
nized priorities of Tebow – a
major factor in a successful
As mentioned in Caby’s
email to Stricklin, Tebow
would be an excellent media
frenzy for Mississippi State
football, especially in the
recruiting field. Tebow pro-
vides a young man that is
well-known amongst pro-
spective student-athlete
recruits and would be able to
possibly land a high-caliber
quarterback for State in the
years to come.
Tebow also has shown
strong convictions, whether it
is through his belief in
Christianity or his strong
work ethic on the gridiron.
Tebow will come in on day
one ready to make the
Mississippi State program the
best it can potentially be.
The connection between
Mullen and Tebow is uncan-
ny. The two can get along,
working together towards
success, as proven at Florida.
The variables have come
together to make the correct
formula, it is time to act – to
make a statement.
The ball is now in the
court of Mississippi State,
Mullen and Stricklin.
‘Tebow’ continued from page 7
The Warriors of East
Central opened the Ken
Karcher coaching era by
dropping a 40-7 road deci-
sion to Itawamba Community
College last Thursday in
Fulton. Karcher, who suc-
ceeded Brian Anderson at the
ECCC football helm, most
recently spent the past four
seasons as an assistant coach
at Eastern Michigan
University. He previously
served as the head football
coach at Liberty University
for six seasons (2000-2005).
Traditionally hailed for
many years as the long-stand-
ing “Scooba-Decatur” foot-
ball rivalry, the Lions and
Warriors had not met on the
gridiron for four seasons
(2008-2011) prior to last
year’s 51-7 EMCC triumph
in Decatur. A season ago at
ECCC’s Bailey Stadium, the
visiting Lions forced four
first-half East Central turn-
overs while scoring 38 unan-
swered points en route to
posting the convincing
44-point victory. Prior to
last season, the Warriors had
prevailed during each of the
previous six EMCC-ECCC
football meetings that
spanned nine years (1999-
2007), including East
Central’s 31-20 road win
over the Lions played at the
original Sullivan-Windham
Field in 2007.
Now 45-10 overall in the
five-plus seasons under
Stephens’ guidance, the
EMCC Lions are a collective
21-6 at home dating back to
the 2008 campaign. With a
current 10-game home win-
ning streak in regular-season
action, the Lions sustained
their first home loss at the
new Sullivan-Windham Field
during last year’s season-end-
ing 47-46 setback to eventual
state champion Copiah-
Lincoln Community College
in the MACJC semifinals.
EMCC owns a 10-1 overall
home mark, including playoff
games, since the school’s new
5,000-seat facility opened
prior to the Lions’ 2011
NJCAA national champion-
ship season.
During last week’s 49-6
win at Pearl River to open
the season, the EMCC Lions
out-gained the Wildcats, 452-
214, in total offense yardage.
Making his first collegiate
start for the Lions, sopho-
more quarterback Dontreal
Pruitt completed 21-of-33
passes for 271 yards and four
touchdowns against PRCC.
The former Laurel High
School standout connected
with seven different receivers
on the night while distribut-
ing his touchdown passes to
four different receivers.
Along with a solid, season-
opening offensive perfor-
mance as a team, the Lions
also made headlines defen-
sively with three pass inter-
ceptions during Week 1.
Sophomore defensive back
A.J. Stamps, from Vicksburg,
earned MACJC/jucoweekly.
org Defensive Player of the
Week honors by picking off a
pair of pass interceptions
against the Wildcats, includ-
ing an official 100-yard inter-
ception return for a touch-
EMCC’s football games
this season will be broadcast
live by WFCA-FM (107.9),
out of French Camp, with
Jason Crowder and Glen
Beard set to describe the play-
by-play action, and John Lyle
Briggs serving as the Lions’
sideline reporter. EMCC’s
2013 football radio broad-
casts are also slated to be car-
ried live by Meridian’s
WKZB-FM (95.1).
Throughout the season,
EMCC’s weekly live video-
streamed football broadcasts
(http://www. ustream. tv/
channel/emcc-football) will
be available in HD by access-
ing EMCC’s athletics web-
site, www.EMCCAthletics.
com. An alternate audio
stream of the radio broadcast
will also be available at www.
‘EMCC’ continued from page 7
showdown with the Crimson
Tide against a very good FCS
team, at least. Sam Houston
State has been the national
runner-up each of the past two
“If you don’t come out, this
team will come out and beat
you,” Aggies running back Ben
Malena said. “We know that
we have to prepare this week
and we have to be ready for
them. They have some great
players, some former Division I
players. They have some great
talent. You can’t overlook
schools. We have to prepare for
them like they’re a conference
Well, probably not.
But as Sam Houston’s Web
site reports several fellow FCS
contenders did beat some of
the big boys last weekend.
North Dakota State topped
Kansas State 24-21, Eastern
Washington stunned then-No.
25 Oregon State 49-46.
McNeese State routed South
Florida 53-21 and Cal Poly
handled San Diego (38-16).
Eight FCS teams beat FBS
opponents on opening week-
end, all told.
That doesn’t mean Alcorn
State of the Southwestern
Athletic Conference has a real-
istic shot of beating Mississippi
State, which is paying $350,000
for the game, according to the
Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
Saying that publicly, of
course, is against the coach’s
code — and Southern man-
ners. Plus, Alcorn State wal-
loped some guy named Edward
Waters last week.
“Obviously it will be a tough
opponent,” Mississippi State
coach Dan Mullen said.
Arkansas also seems safe
against the Southern
Conference’s Samford, though
the Bulldogs did beat
Mississippi — back in 1934.
Neither Arkansas nor Samford
would release the amount of
the payout.
Ole Miss faces Southeast
Missouri State, an Ohio Valley
Conference member that has
been outscored 147-10 in four
previous games against SEC
teams. The payout is $375,000
for that one.
“There’s a lot of D-I-AA
schools that beat D-I schools so
we will have to really prepare,”
Rebels coach Hugh Freeze
said. “Southeast Missouri really
eats the clock on offense and it’s
never fun preparing for an
option style team, it’s not
something you look at every
Ole Miss did lose to an OVC
team three years ago when
Jacksonville State won 49-48 in
overtime, and the Rebels
allowed a total of 51 points to
the last two FCS opponents,
Central Arkansas and Southern
At Vandy, center Joe
Townsend said getting moti-
vated for an FCS opponent is
no problem.
‘SEC’ continued from page 7
his last start with Texas in
2007. He was recalled from
Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday
and struggled in every inning
against the Mets.
With one out in the first,
Daniel Murphy tripled and
Brown hit a homer that land-
ed about halfway up the lower
level of seats in left field.
Duda’s homer was the start of
the Mets’ three-run third inning.
The low point for Atlanta in
the inning came when center
fielder B.J. Upton and left field-
er Evan Gattis watched Gee’s
fly ball fall to the ground in the
gap. The ball dropped closer to
Upton, who stopped running
and then looked at Gattis. Juan
Lagares scored on the play.
Braves fans cheered when
manager Fredi Gonzalez came
to the mound to remove Loe
in the fifth after the right-
hander walked Gee.
Gonzalez rested Simmons,
third baseman Chris Johnson
and catcher Brian McCann.
The Braves had only one
hit, a single by Paul Janish in
the second, before scoring
once in the fifth. Upton’s sac-
rifice fly drove in Uggla, who
singled and moved to third on
Paul Janish’s second single.
‘Water’ continued from page 7
By arnIe staPleton
Associated Press
DENVER — John Elway has
been down this lonely road
before, trudging through the tun-
nel in deafening silence after a
stunning loss at home as the
AFC’s prohibitive Super Bowl
favorite following a 13-3 regular
It happened to Elway the quar-
terback after the 1996 season
when Denver lost to Jacksonville
30-27. It occurred again for
Elway the executive in January
when the Broncos were beaten
38-35 by Baltimore in the divi-
sional round.
Elway rebounded the first time
to win back-to-back Super Bowls.
He said the pain of that pratfall
against the Jaguars was the impe-
tus to make them into champi-
“It was a great incentive for us
to come back and have an even
better year the following year,”
Elway said.
After engineering a $125 mil-
lion offseason spending spree and
acquiring wide receiver Wes
Welker and massive right guard
Louis Vasquez — to help new
center Manny Ramirez fend off
the likes of Ravens nose tackle
Haloti Ngata — Elway is aiming
for history to repeat itself after
this latest heartbreak.
Five things to watch for as the
Broncos kick off the season
Thursday night against the cham-
pion Ravens:
looms larger than life in Denver,
and not just because he engi-
neered the stunning playoff upset
with his 70-yard touchdown
throw to Jacoby Jones that tied it
at 35 with 31 seconds left in
The NFL’s marketing machine
put up gigantic banners of Flacco
alongside Peyton Manning on
the Broncos’ stadium to promote
the league’s first game of the
2013 season.
Fans are furious, Manning is
miffed and Flacco is flummoxed.
Still, Flacco reasoned, “being
hated is not a bad thing.”
This flag flap could have been
avoided had baseball’s Orioles
moved their game Thursday night
to accommodate the champs for a
customary home kickoff.
“I’m not too worried about it,”
Flacco said. “It’s not like they’re
taking a home game away from
us. They’re just making us play
on the road maybe earlier than
we wanted to.”
& Gloom” is what Elvis Dumervil
and Von Miller called themselves
in Denver, where the Pro Bowl
pass rushers combined for 29½ of
the Broncos’ league-leading 52
sacks in 2012.
Dumervil signed with the
Ravens in free agency after his
infamous fax foul-up in Denver
led to his release by the Broncos.
He won’t see Miller on
Thursday night because Denver’s
All-Pro linebacker is serving a six-
game drug suspension.
“He’s like a younger brother,”
Dumervil said. “We’ve spoken.
We talk all the time. He’s dealing
with tough times and he’ll fight
through it.”
Safety Rahim Moore is out to
make amends for the most mem-
orable mistake in Denver’s play-
off loss, when he mistimed his
jump on Flacco’s heave to Jones.
“I haven’t seen it from him one
snap or one second where he’s
dwelled on that,” Broncos sec-
ondary coach Cory Undlin said.
“If anything, he’s used it as moti-
Veteran cornerback Champ
Bailey appreciates Moore’s
accountability but noted there
were plenty of goats in that
“He wasn’t the guy that put us
in that situation,” Bailey said. “So,
we’ve all got to own that one.”
first time in the Ravens’ 18-year
existence, Ray Lewis isn’t man-
ning middle linebacker. Daryl
Smith, who signed a free agent
deal in June, is the veteran
replacement. He’s a sure tackler
entering his 10th season and
could help provide some of the
veteran presence the Ravens lost.
Smith was part of a Ravens
defensive revamp as they also said
goodbye to starters Ed Reed,
Bernard Pollard, Paul Kruger and
Cary Williams, and hello to
Dumervil, Chris Canty, Marcus
Spears and Michael Huff.
Broncos, Ravens meet again 8 months later
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco prepares to throw a pass during the frst half of a preseason NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers on
Aug. 22 in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
By tIM reynolDs
Associated Press
leading rusher in the nation, one of
the most talked-about quarterback
debuts in recent memory, and even
a first-place vote in the Top 25.
If nothing else, Week 1 of the
season might have given the
Atlantic Coast Conference plenty of
cause for optimism.
The statistical samples after just
one game are obviously small and
skewed, so it's clearly not time to
pronounce Miami's Duke Johnson
as the season's rushing champion,
anoint Florida State's Jameis
Winston as a Heisman Trophy
hopeful or pencil Clemson into the
national championship picture.
Still, their performances — and
others — suggest the ACC might at
the very least be closer to reaching
the highest echelon of college foot-
ball in 2013.
"I think we have an outstanding
conference in general," Florida State
coach Jimbo Fisher said Wednesday.
"We have as much talent as any-
body. ... We have a tremendous
league and our league is growing.
The more attention we can get on
the conference, I definitely think it
Attention wouldn't figure to be
in short supply right now.
Clemson jumped to No. 4 in the
Top 25, even getting a first-place
vote in the poll — the first by any
ACC team since Virginia Tech got
one in the rankings released on
Dec. 2, 2007. Since then, 21 differ-
ent schools had gotten at least one
first-place nod by a voter in the
nationwide balloting, with Alabama
doing so more than 50 times alone.
Joe Paterno was on that list as well,
along with Florida, Boise State and
LSU, programs that all did so more
than two dozen times in that span.
The ACC? Nothing.
Until Tuesday, that is.
"If we are No. 4 going into the
ACC championship game then
that's great," said Clemson coach
Dabo Swinney, whose team
jumped to that rank by beating
then-No. 5 Georgia 38-35 in
maybe the most scintillating game
of the opening weekend. "Maybe
that game gives us a chance to get
in to the final game, then it matters.
Right now, we have just played one
game. We are 1-0. I appreciate
people recognizing potential
because we do have good poten-
Swinney might not be the only
coach in the conference feeling that
Winston's much-hyped debut as
quarterback at Florida State was a
four-touchdown maestro perfor-
mance that led to a rout of new
ACC member Pittsburgh. Georgia
Tech beat Elon by 70, Maryland
scored 40 first-half points while toy-
ing with FIU, Duke topped North
Carolina Central by 45, Miami
eased past Florida Atlantic by four
touchdowns and Wake Forest pre-
dictably had no trouble with
Clemson’s rank, individual
statistics good ACC signs
Daily Times Leader Thursday, September 5, 2013 • Page 9 Nation/From the Front
By CHrIs toMlInson
Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas — The
Texas National Guard refused
to process requests from same-
sex couples for benefits on
Tuesday despite a Pentagon
directive to do so, while
Mississippi won't issue applica-
tions from state-owned offices.
Both states cited their respec-
tive bans on gay marriage.
Tuesday was the first work-
ing day that gays in the mili-
tary could apply for benefits
after the Pentagon announced
it would recognize same-sex
marriages. The Department of
Defense had announced that it
would recognize same-sex mar-
riages performed in states
where they are legal following
the U.S. Supreme Court deci-
sion that threw out parts of the
Defense of Marriage Act.
Texas and Mississippi
appeared to be the only two
states limiting how and where
same-sex spouses of National
Guard members could register
for identification cards and
benefits, according to an
Associated Press tally. Officials
in 13 other states that also ban
gay marriage - including
Arizona, Oklahoma, Florida,
Michigan and Georgia - said
Tuesday that they will follow
federal law and process all cou-
ples applying for benefits the
Maj. Gen. John Nichols, the
commanding general of Texas
Military Forces, wrote to ser-
vice members in a letter
obtained by the AP that
because the Texas Constitution
defines marriage as between a
man and a woman, his state
agency couldn't process appli-
cations from gay and lesbian
couples. But he said the Texas
National Guard, Texas Air
Guard and Texas State Guard
would not deny anyone bene-
Nichols wrote that his agen-
cy, which oversees Texas'
National Guard units, "remains
committed to ensuring its mili-
tary personnel and their fami-
lies receive the benefits to
which they are entitled. As
such, we encourage anyone
affected by this issue to enroll
for benefits at a federal installa-
tion." He then listed 22 bases
operated by the Department of
Defense in Texas where service
members could enroll their
A spokesman for Texas Gov.
Rick Perry said the Texas
Military Forces, as a state agen-
cy, must obey state law.
Mississippi National Guard
spokesman Tim Powell said
the main factor in determining
where same-sex spouses could
apply for benefits came down
to the property owner. Powell
said only National Guard offic-
es on federal property would
accept the applications in
Mississippi, which also consti-
tutionally bans gay marriage.
"It is our intent to provide
benefits and services to our
men and women in uniform
and at the same time abide by
federal and state statutes,"
Powell said.
Once the same-sex spouse is
approved and obtains an ID,
they may go to any base for
Pentagon officials said Texas
appeared to be the only state
with a total ban on processing
applications from gay and les-
bian couples. Spokesman Lt.
Cmdr. Nate Christensen said
federal officials will process all
applications from same-sex
couples with a marriage certifi-
cate from a state where it is
Alicia Butler said she was
turned away from the Texas
Military Forces headquarters in
Austin early Tuesday and
advised to get her ID card at
Fort Hood, an Army post 90
miles away. She married her
spouse - an Iraq war veteran -
in California in 2009, and they
have a 5-month-old child.
"It's so petty. It's not like it's
going to stop us from register-
ing or stop us from marrying.
It's a pointed way of saying,
'We don't like you," Butler
She said she was concerned
the state would withhold survi-
vor benefits if something hap-
pened to her wife while she
was activated on state duty
rather than on federal deploy-
"People say, 'Why don't you
live somewhere else?'" she said.
"Well, my ancestors came here
five generations ago to get
away from this kind of stuff,
and this is my state and I'm not
going to go away."
The American Military
Partner Association, which
advocates for lesbian, bisexual,
gay and transgender people in
the armed forces, gave the AP
a copy of Nichols' letter.
Texas Guard refuses to process same-sex benefits
associated Press
AMHERST, Mass. — In
what's become an annual tradi-
tion, the University of
Massachusetts celebrated the
start of the new academic year
with a delicious, healthy,
record-breaking dish.
About 500 students and staff
at the Amherst campus on
Monday sliced, diced, pitted
and peeled 150 varieties of fruit
to create a salad weighing more
than 15,000 pounds. The salad
was mixed in a 15-foot diame-
ter swimming pool.
It included 20 varieties of
apples weighing more than
3,600 pounds; 19 varieties of
melon weighing more than
2,500 pounds; peaches; banan-
as; oranges; berries; and more
exotic fruits including quince,
passion fruit and rambutan.
A Guinness World Records
representative certified the
UMass in recent years has
started the semester with
record-breaking seafood stews
and stir fries.
This fruit salad weighing more than 15,000 pounds was prepared Monday on the campus of University of Massachusetts in Am-
herst, Mass. A Guinness World Records representative certifed the big salad as a record. The school has held a food event that
has become an annual tradition. Recent years have featured record-breaking seafood stews and stir fries. (AP Photo/University of
Massachusetts, Amherst)
Students feast on 15,000-pound fruit salad
By Wayne Parry
Associated Press
The Miss America pageant is
back in the city where it began,
six years after spurning the city
for Las Vegas.
The pageant held a welcom-
ing ceremony in Atlantic City
on Tuesday for the 53 contes-
tants, one from each state plus
the District of Columbia,
Puerto Rico and the U.S.
Virgin Islands. The contestants
filed out of Boardwalk Hall,
where the competition will
begin next week and culminate
days later, and walked across
the Boardwalk to a stage.
There, they participated in
the traditional signing-in cere-
mony, in which each of them
signed her state on a map of
the United States and gave a
few words of introduction.
Most spoke of how happy they
were that the pageant had
come home again.
"I really couldn't be happier
that Miss America is back here
in Atlantic City!" said Miss
Alabama, Chandler Champion.
"It's my very first time in
Atlantic City," added Miss
Alaska, Michelle Taylor.
"Thank you so much for wel-
coming us back!"
Miss Massachusetts, Amanda
Narciso, added, "We appreciate
you, we love you and we can't
wait to perform for you!"
Three nights of preliminary
competition will begin on Sept.
10. The traditional Show Us
Your Shoes Parade will be held
Sept. 14, and the nationally
televised finale will be held on
Sept. 15.
The loudest cheer went up
among Boardwalk spectators
for the hometown entrant,
Miss New Jersey, Cara
McCollum, who proclaimed,
"It's been too long since New
Jersey has had Miss America!"
Tuesday's welcoming cere-
mony also included the unveil-
ing of a sculpture of Miss
America holding out a tiara to
a successor on the Boardwalk.
The Miss America pageant
moved to Las Vegas in 2006 in
hopes of attracting a younger
audience as TV ratings contin-
ued to slide. It was lured back
to Atlantic City in part by the
promise of increased subsidies,
which are to total more than
$7 million over three years.
The pageant, originating in
1920 as the Fall Frolic, started
as little more than a bathing
suit revue that was a way to
drum up business for the shore
resort after Labor Day. It broke
viewership records in its hey-
day and bills itself as one of the
world's largest scholarship pro-
grams for women. Last year,
the Miss America Organization
and its state and local organiza-
tions made available more than
$45 million in scholarship
With casino industry reve-
nues down for the seventh
straight year, the city and state
Atlantic City welcomes
Miss America contestants
unable to fulfill its monthly
“The rates were raised two
or three times to get them to
$30,” Prisock said. “It'll bring
in $2,000 to $3,000 excess a
Prisock said that the rate
increase would help “pay the
debt service” of White Station,
as well as help continue to
operate the tower.
Prisock said that customers
in White Station will see a
“$1 per 1,000 gallons
decrease” in their water rate.
The rate raise of $30 would
affect both customers of
White Station and Strong
Hill. The current rate of $13
“would not pay the debt” of
both towers, Prisock said.
The rate increase would
also help the city provide water
to Yokohama, Prisock said.
Under the memorandum
of understanding, the city will
provide 500,000 gallons per
day, per phase for the four
phases of the Yokohama plant,
totaling 2,000,000 gallons.
“Without the rate increase,
West Point cannot meet the
obligations for Yokohama,”
Prisock said.
According to Presley, the
current rates that are in place
for the city of West Point
were raised in 2006 and 2007,
but not approved by PSC; the
last time PSC approved a raise
for West Point was in 2000.
‘ Water’ continued from page 1
"Our problem with that is
that we want to make an
impact," Thomas said. "We
want to make a statement.
And it's on church property."
The Board of Alderman
will vote on the proposal on
Sept. 16.
Lee said he will stand by
the planning commission
decision, but was hopeful for
a compromise.
"It seems to be one of these
'it's either my way or the
highway' and no one seems
to be willing to back up," Lee
said. "That's really sad."
‘ C r o s s ’
continued from page 1
By MattHeW BroWn
Associated Press
BILLINGS, Mont. — State
prosecutors on Wednesday
appealed as "illegal" a 30-day
sentence handed down by a
Montana judge to a former
teacher for raping a student
who later killed herself.
The announcement came
after District Judge G. Todd
Baugh received widespread
condemnation for the sentence
and his comments that the
victim was "older than her
chronological age."
Defendant Stacey Rambold,
54, last week received 15 years
in prison with all but a month
suspended for his months-
long sexual relationship with
Billings Senior High School
student Cherice Moralez.
Attorneys for the state and
Yellowstone County say a
minimum of two years in pris-
on for Rambold is mandated
under state law.
"We believe that the sen-
tence Judge Baugh imposed
on Stacey Rambold is illegal,"
Attorney General Tim Fox
said in a statement. "Using the
means provided by state law,
we are appealing his sentence
and working diligently to
ensure that justice is served."
Baugh has since sought to
undo his actions from the
Aug. 26 hearing. He said two
days later that his comments
about Moralez were inappro-
priate. And earlier this week
Baugh scheduled a resentenc-
ing hearing for Friday, saying
he agreed with the state's
determination that his sen-
tence conflicted with Montana
But Chief Deputy
Yellowstone County Attorney
Rod Souza on Wednesday
filed notice that it wants the
resentencing canceled. Though
"well-intentioned," Souza
wrote, the judge lacks the
authority to take back his orig-
inal sentence.
Moralez's mother, Auliea
Hanlon, said through her
attorney that she welcomed
the attorney general's involve-
ment in the case.
"Mrs. Hanlon was horribly
disappointed with the 30-day
sentence and was, frankly,
quite shocked," said the attor-
ney, Shane Colton. "She's
pleased that the county attor-
ney's office and attorney gen-
eral's office understands that
the most significant date to be
considered in this sentencing
is Cherice's birthday. She was
Rambold last week began
serving his monthlong term at
the state prison in Deer Lodge.
It wasn't immediately clear
if prosecutors would seek to
keep him in custody pending
the appeal, which attorneys
said could take between six
and 18 months to work its
way through the state Supreme
Rambold's attorney, Jay
Lansing, did not respond to
calls for comment.
Prosecutors appeal Montana teacher rape sentence
By Paul elIas
Associated Press
A majority of California
Supreme Court justices
appeared reluctant Wednesday
to grant a law license to Sergio
Garcia, who graduated law
school and passed the state's
bar exam but has been living
illegally in the United States
for 20 years.
A federal law passed by
Congress in 1996 bars immi-
grants in the country illegally
from receiving "professional
licenses" from government
agencies or with the use of
public funds unless state law-
makers specifically vote other-
"Congress wanted political
accountability," Justice Ming
Chin said in expressing doubt
the court could grant Garcia
his license without a specific
law enacted by the state
Justice Goodwin Liu said it
was "commonsensical" that
Congress meant to include
lawyer licenses in the law.
The five other justices on the
court made similar comments,
essentially arguing that the law
bars them from making Garcia
a lawyer unless the state
Legislature acts.
The court has 90-days to
rule in a case that has garnered
national attention, putting the
Obama administration against
state officials who supported
Garcia's application.
Outside of court, Garcia
expressed optimism that the
Supreme Court would rule in
his favor despite the tough
questions asked of the lawyers
who spoke on his side during
an hour of oral arguments.
If he does lose, Garcia vowed
to continue fighting to become
a California lawyer either
through the state Legislature
or in the federal courts.
"This is about trying to live
the American Dream and
showing other immigrants that
hard work and dedication does
mean something in this coun-
try," he said.
The state Supreme Court is
in charge of licensing lawyers
in California and the argu-
ments boiled down to whether
public money would be used in
its licensing of Garcia. Lawyers
for Garcia and the California
State bar also argued that
Congress meant to exempt
attorney licenses from the law
because they are issued by
courts and not agencies.
A U.S. Department of
Justice lawyer argued that
Garcia is barred from receiving
his law license because the
court's entire budget comes
from the public treasury.
"A law license is a profes-
sional license," Assistant U.S.
Attorney Daniel Tenney said.
"Congress meant to prohibit all
professional licenses."
Garcia arrived in the U.S.
illegally 20 years ago to pick
almonds in the field with his
Immigrant living in US illegally fghts to become California lawyer
Daily Times Leader Page 10 • Thursday, September 5, 2013
Dennis The Menace
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
If you are in the mindset to start a diet,
clean your offce or approach a situation
differently, then this is the time to resolve
to do just that. If you make that resolution,
you will fnd it is easier to head down a
new path.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
You fnally will be able to straighten out a
problem with a child or loved one and start
on better footing. You might see quite a
difference as a result. When approaching a
project, toss yourself completely into it, as
it could be more fun than you think.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
If you decide to turn around an annoying
situation or domestic matter, you will be
more likely to succeed if you start today.
Financial opportunities are heading your
way, and you might choose to head in a
new direction as a result.
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
You might need to update your software,
get a new security system or change the oil
in your car. Your main concern needs to
be communication, though, and it will be
crucial to have equipment that works. You
even might opt to buy a new computer.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Listen to news with an open mind. A new
beginning might become possible in the
realm of your fnances. In your mind’s eye,
consider what could happen and decide
what you want. Laughter surrounds you.
Good news also might come forward.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Your magnetism draws others toward you.
If you could have more smoothly fowing
interactions, would you want that? If the
answer is “yes,” decide to create more of
that energy in your life. You will have an
easy time instrumenting that change.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Spend some time reviewing what you feel is
important to you, and consider enhancing
the areas that bring you the most happi-
ness. Use the day to make a personal assess-
ment of your daily life; you will see only
positive results.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You might realize that you are on the verge
of completing an unfnished project or pur-
suing an unmet goal. You’ll need to gain
a new perspective, and, depending on the
issue, possibly even speak with an expert or
someone whom you respect.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You have responded to others’ needs, so
congratulate yourself on stepping up to
the plate. Ask yourself if this is a pattern
you would like to repeat. If not, step back
gracefully and let others have the opportu-
nity to assume some responsibility.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Keep searching for the pot of gold over the
rainbow. Whatever it is that you want, now
is the time to act. Don’t leave this desire
to good luck. Allow your determination to
push you. A partner could prove to be ben-
efcial in your pursuit.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
A key relationship involving fnances will
push you toward change and possibly even
some type of renewal. You often discuss
personal matters with this person, and you
trust and need his or her feedback, even if
you don’t always see eye to eye.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
Continue to let a loved one play a dominant
role. You might question what is going on
within your immediate circle and wonder
what might be best for both of you. Make
suggestions, but do not make the fnal deci-
sion alone.
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1. Each row and column must contain
the numbers 1 through 4 without re-
2. The numbers within the heavily out-
lined 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 opera-
tion indicated.
3. Cages with just one box should be
flled in with the
target number
in the top cor-
ner. A number
can be repeat-
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as long as it is
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can appear only once in each
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on This Day...
September 5, 1973
If plans proceed on schedule, Alanwood Homes, Inc., will start pro-
duction within the next two weeks.
Alanwood President Otis Garrard of Columbus told the TIMES
LEADER, “We hope to begin production Monday, September 10, but
that puts us on a pretty tight schedule right now. However, we feel sure
we’ll get started by he 17th.”
Garrard reports 25 persons are already on the payroll at the new plant
in the West Point Industrial Park, but skilled and semi-skilled workers are
still needed for woodwork, metalwork and plumbing.
Projected employment at the mobile home manufacturing facility is
60 persons.
About the pending start of production Garrard commented, “We’re
anxious to get underway, and other local industrial leaders have told us
they will be glad to see us join the West Point Industrial community.
We’ve certainly had a good reception from the other industries.”
The Alanwood Homes building was fnanced with a $200,000 BAWI
bond issue approved May 8 by West Point voters. Indebtedness on the
bonds will be paid by the company, and the City of West Point will own
the building.
General manager for Alanwood Homes is Bill Peterman who came to
the company from New Dimensions Mobile Homes in Columbus. Peter-
man now resides in West Point.
Plant manager is Jim Gore, originally from Columbus, who came to
Alanwood from a North Carolina mobile home manufacturing company.
Gore had been with Alanwood since July.
Purchasing agent at the plant is George Worth. Worth, who came here
from Arkansas, is now a resident of West Point.
Alanwood Homes vice-president is Tommy Vice.
Once production beings in the 39,668 square foot facility, it will take
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Daily Times Leader Thursday, September 5, 2013 • Page 11
Daily Times Leader Page 12 • Thursday, September 5, 2013
By alBert aJI and
saraH DilorenZo
Associated Press
PARIS — France's prime
minister made a passionate
appeal Wednesday for interven-
tion in Syria, placing the blame
for a chemical attack on Syrian
President Bashar Assad and
warning that inaction could let
him carry out more atrocities.
Prime Minister Jean-Marc
Ayrault addressed the French
National Assembly at the begin-
ning of a debate on the wisdom
of a French military response.
Wednesday's debate will end
without a vote — since President
Francois Hollande can order a
military operation without one
— but it was part of his govern-
ment's delicate dance to rev up
support at home for an unpop-
ular intervention.
The French debate also
offered a preview of the chal-
lenges the Obama administra-
tion faces when the U.S.
Congress debates Syria next
The U.S. and France accuse
Assad's government of using
chemical weapons in an Aug.
21 attack on rebel-held suburbs
of Damascus that killed hun-
dreds of people. Obama and
Hollande are pushing for a mil-
itary response to punish Assad
for his alleged use of poison gas
against civilians — although
U.S. officials say any action will
be limited in scope and not
aimed at helping to remove
The French government is in
a particularly difficult situation,
with many opposition party
members claiming that the
Socialist Hollande is merely act-
ing as a lapdog for the U.S., the
only other major power consid-
ering a Syrian military interven-
tion. In what a possible sign of
budding support for an inter-
vention, officials from countries
neighboring Syria who met
Wednesday in Geneva did not
express explicit opposition to
any military action.
Ayrault was careful to say
that his certainty about the facts
of the attack comes from French
sources. But he mentioned for
the first time a death toll of
nearly 1,500 — which is around
what the Americans have cited.
"The Syrian regime carries
the entire responsibility" for the
attack, said Ayrault. "Not to
react would be to send a terrible
message to Bashar Assad and to
the Syrian people: Chemical
weapons can used tomorrow
again, against Damascus,
against Aleppo, maybe even in a
bigger way."
Ayrault said a punitive mili-
tary response would help shift
the balance in a 2 ½-year-old
civil war — which was tipping
in favor of Assad — and was the
only way to convince the Syrian
leader that he must go to the
negotiating table.
Many in the opposition have
called for a vote in the French
parliament, even though
Hollande's administration could
win one since his party holds a
comfortable majority.
Conservative French lawmak-
ers have also said an attack
without a U.N. resolution is
risky, evoking the Iraq war
when France pointedly refused
to join the U.S.-led invasion
without Security Council sup-
port. During Wednesday's
debate, Christian Jacob, presi-
dent of the right-leaning UMP
party, criticized Hollande for
ceding France's independence
to the Americans.
He said France's guiding
principle should be: "always
allied with the United States,
never falling into line."
Meanwhile, Russian President
Vladimir Putin, one of Assad's
most vocal supporters, warned
the West against taking any
one-sided action in Syria.
In an interview late Tuesday,
Putin told The Associated Press
that Russia "doesn't exclude"
supporting a U.N. resolution
on punitive military strikes
against Syria if it is proved that
Damascus used poison gas on
its own people. Still he ques-
tioned the proof released by
Britain, the United States and
France as part of their efforts to
build international support for a
military strike.
Any proof needs to go before
the U.N. Security Council,
Putin told the AP. "And it
ought to be convincing. It
shouldn't be based on some
rumors and information
obtained by special services
through some kind of eaves-
dropping, some conversations
and things like that."
He did say, however, that
Russia had frozen new ship-
ments to Syria of a missile
defense system.
French PM: Assad could
strike again if no one acts
France's Prime Minister Jean Marc Ayrault delivers a speech at the National Assembly Wednesday in Paris. Ayrault addressed par-
liament during a debate to rally support for a military strike again Syria. The U.S. and France accuse Assad's Syrian government of
using chemical weapons in an Aug. 21 attack on rebel-held suburbs of Damascus that killed hundreds. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
associated Press
NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia — President Vladimir
Putin warned the West against taking one-sided action in
Syria but also said Russia "doesn't exclude" supporting a
U.N. resolution on punitive military strikes if it is proved
that Damascus used poison gas on its own people.
In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press
and Russia's state Channel 1 television, Putin said Moscow
has provided some components of the S-300 air defense
missile system to Syria but has frozen further shipments.
He suggested that Russia may sell the potent missile sys-
tems elsewhere if Western nations attack Syria without
U.N. Security Council backing.
The interview late Tuesday night at Putin's country resi-
dence outside the Russian capital was the only one he
granted prior to the summit of G-20 nations in St.
Petersburg, which opens Thursday. The summit was sup-
posed to concentrate on the global economy but now
looks likely to be dominated by the international crisis over
allegations that the Syrian government used chemical
weapons in the country's civil war.
Putin said he felt sorry that President Barack Obama
canceled a one-on-one meeting in Moscow that was sup-
posed to have happened before the summit. But he
expressed hope that the two would have serious discus-
sions about Syria and other issues in St. Petersburg.
"We work, we argue about some issues. We are human.
Sometimes one of us gets vexed. But I would like to repeat
once again that global mutual interests form a good basis
for finding a joint solution to our problems."
The Russian leader, a year into his third term as presi-
dent, appeared to go out of his way to be conciliatory amid
a growing chill in U.S.-Russian relations. The countries
have sparred over Syria, the Edward Snowden affair,
Russia's treatment of its opposition and the diminishing
scope in Russia for civil society groups that receive funding
from the West. And Putin denied that Russia has anti-gay
policies, despite a law banning gay propaganda that has
caused concern about the country's role as host of the
Winter Olympics in February.
Obama, speaking Wednesday during a trip to Sweden
that replaced his Moscow plans, said relations with Russia
have "hit a wall," but also expressed confidence that the
two can work together on some issues.
"I have not written off the idea that the United States
and Russia are going to continue to have common inter-
ests, even as we have some very profound differences on
some other issues," he said, noting that those differences
include Syria.
Putin said it was "ludicrous" that the government of
Syrian President Bashar Assad — a staunch ally of Russia
— would use chemical weapons at a time when it was
holding sway against the rebels.
"From our viewpoint, it seems absolutely absurd that the
armed forces — the regular armed forces, which are on the
offensive today and in some areas have encircled the so-
called rebels and are finishing them off — that in these
conditions they would start using forbidden chemical
weapons while realizing quite well that it could serve as a
pretext for applying sanctions against them, including the
use of force," he said.
The Obama administration says 1,429 people died in the
Aug. 21 attack in a Damascus suburb. Casualty estimates
by other groups are far lower, and Assad's government
blames the episode on rebels trying to overthrow him. A
U.N. inspection team is awaiting lab results on tissue and
soil samples it collected while in Syria before completing a
Obama expressed frustration at Russia's position, say-
ing: "It has been very difficult to get Russia, working
through the Security Council, to acknowledge some of the
terrible behavior of the Assad regime."
Putin, however, said the U.S. has failed to make its case
through the proper channels.
putin warns west
On sYria aCtiOn
By reBeCCa santana
Associated Press
ISLAMABAD — Dozens of
Pakistani prisoners held by the
U.S. at an Afghan prison have
been stuck in limbo for years, a
Pakistani legal advocacy group
trying to bring attention to their
situation said in a report issued
Holding up their return are
concerns by U.S. officials that the
detainees might return to the
battlefield or face inhumane treat-
ment after returning to Pakistan,
the group said in its report.
The report was based on inter-
views with ex-detainees, relatives
of current detainees, U.S. offi-
cials, Pakistani officials and docu-
ments obtained from Freedom of
Information requests made by
the American Civil Liberties
About 40 of the detainees at
the prison are believed to be
Pakistani, and most were taken
into custody by U.S. forces fol-
lowing the invasion of
"We found that there is abso-
lute confusion on what needs to
be done to bring these people
home," Sarah Belal, Justice
Project Pakistan's director, told
The report criticized U.S. and
Pakistani authorities for not
doing more to accelerate the
release of the detainees, and Belal
said their status has put them "in
a legal black hole."
Some detainees have been
cleared for release, but remain
trapped in prison, the report said.
"After years of being held by
the U.S. government without
charge, trial or any real progress
on their cases, Pakistani detainees
are losing hope," the report said.
It also said detainees do not
have independent lawyers, must
be represented by U.S. military
lawyers and cannot see classified
evidence used against them.
Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale, a
spokesman for the U.S. Defense
department defended the release
review process, saying detainees
can call witnesses and defend
themselves while stressing that no
detainees eligible for release can
be sent home until guarantees are
secured from the governments in
their home countries that they
won't be mistreated.
All of the detainees being held
by the U.S. were detained for
"enemy actions" in Afghanistan
after the U.S. invaded the coun-
try, he said.
He added that all of the detain-
ees are visited by representatives
of the International Red Cross
and that "the U.S. remains com-
mitted to seeing that every
detainee held by our forces who
can be transferred to a verifiably
secure and humane situation is."
Relatives of those still in cus-
tody complained about their
treatment by the Pakistani gov-
ernment, saying they are viewed
with suspicion by Pakistani secu-
rity forces because they have rela-
tives being held by Americans.
Others criticized slow movement
by Pakistani authorities to lobby
for the detainees' release.
Pakistanis trapped in
limbo in Afghan prison
By rICarDo CHaVeZ
Associated Press
— Half of the drivers who
work a bus route on which two
colleagues were shot to death
last week, possibly by a woman
seeking revenge for purported
sexual abuse of female passen-
gers, didn't show up for their
jobs Tuesday.
Only 10 of the 20 drivers
assigned to the 4A bus route in
this border city took the wheel,
"because they are afraid," a dis-
patcher said.
"There were a lot fewer pas-
sengers, too," said the dispatch-
er, who refused to be quoted
by name out of fear of being
targeted. "Everyone is afraid
something could happen," he
Officials said plainclothes
police officers were aboard
some buses and conducting
weapons searches to prevent
further killings.
Mexican prosecutors released
a police sketch of a female sus-
pect drawn from the testimony
of at least 20 witnesses. It
shows a woman wearing a sun
visor over hair pulled back on
her head.
They said they were looking
into claims made over the
weekend in an email from the
self-styled "bus driver hunter,"
who said she is seeking revenge
on behalf of fellow women
who she alleged had been
abused by bus drivers in
Ciudad Juarez, which is across
the Rio Grande from El Paso,
The claims echoed deeply
in Ciudad Juarez, which has a
grim history of sexual vio-
lence against women aboard
Authorities say a woman
wearing a blond wig, or dyed
hair, boarded one of the school
bus-style vehicles that serve as
transport in Ciudad Juarez last
Wednesday morning. She
approached the driver, took
out a pistol, shot him in the
head and got off. The next day,
apparently the same woman
did exactly the same thing to
another driver on the same
Over the weekend, media
outlets began receiving emails
from the address "Diana the
hunter of bus drivers."
"I myself and other women
have suffered in silence but we
can't stay quiet anymore," the
email said. "We were victims of
sexual violence by the drivers
on the night shift on the routes
to the maquilas," a reference to
the border assembly plants that
employ many residents in
Ciudad Juarez, across the bor-
der from El Paso, Texas. "I am
the instrument of vengeance
for several women."
The newspaper Diario de
Juarez reported that a witness
quoted the killer as telling the
second victim, "You guys think
you're real bad, don't you?"
before shooting him.
Authorities have not verified
the authenticity of the email, or
of a Facebook page set up
under a similar name Aug. 31.
But Arturo Sandoval,
spokesman for the Chihuahua
state prosecutors' office, said
the vigilante claim was consid-
ered one of the working
hypotheses in the crimes. There
was no apparent robbery.
"Now that we have the email
in the case file, it indicates that
this could have been someone
who had a run-in with a driver
or one of his relatives,"
Sandoval said.
Mexico bus drivers idle after ‘revenge’ killings
Forensic workers examine the scene Thursday where a bus driver was allegedly killed by a self-
styled “bus driver hunter,” in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Mexican prosecutors said Monday they are
investigating claims that a woman who killed two bus drivers last week in this northern border city
was seeking revenge for alleged sexual abuse of female passengers. (AP Photo/Raymundo Ruiz)
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