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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Volume No. 109, Issue No. 281
FUN. coming to The Hump
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Some nights people might stay home, but they should reconsider on Wednesday when the Top-40 band FUN. brings its #MostNights summer tour to Humphrey Coliseum. Music Maker Productions, a nonprofit student organization run by Mississippi State University students, organized the FUN. concert. Sarah Margaret Hewes, president of Music Makers, said the organization thought FUN. would be a good Grammy award-winning band FUN. will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Humphrey Coliseum. presence for the community and university. (Courtesy photo)
“They’re a great band and we’ve heard great things about them as a live band,” Hewes said. “They were super interested. Everything just fell into place really smoothly.” FUN. formed in 2008 when Nate Ruess’ band, The Format, split. Ruess invited Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff to begin recording new music. Dost had toured with The Format and Antonoff was in the band Steel Train, with which The Format toured with. The trio released the album “Aim and Ignite” in 2009, but it was the single “We
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OCSD recognizes student achievement
Caption: Mississippi State University announced its Homecoming Court at its Dawg Rally Monday at Barnes and Noble. Front row, from left: Freshman Maid HaLee Register from Gulfport, Freshman Maid Margaret Burleson from Tupelo, Sophomore Maid Morgan Ashley McCormick from Carriere, Sophomore Maid Taylor Thoms from Richton and Junior Maid Camille Jones from Iuka. Back row, from left: Mr. MSU Michael Hogan from Memphis, Tenn.; Miss MSU Shelby Sims from Hattiesburg; Senior Maid Kaeley Gemmill from Meridian; Senior Maid Bri Stewart from Franklin, Tenn.; Junior Maid Kacie Green from Booneville and Homecoming Queen Jenni Brown from Winona. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
By ALEX HOLLOWAY an analysis method that measures student performance on state standardized testing. QDI falls along a Oktibbeha County School Dis- range of 0-300, with 300 being the trict celebrated its students’ achieve- highest possible score. The meaments at its first regular meeting surement rewards schools for highsince the Mississippi Department achieving students on the standardof Education released its 2012-13 ized tests. Schools are assigned letter school accountability results. grades — A to F — based on their The entire district improved last QDI scores. year and raised its overall ranking West Oktibbeha Elementary from a D to a C. Principal Andre Pastschal-Temple “That C is good for our school said she was proud that the school district,” said OCSD Conservator earned recognition for its student Margie Pulley. “We would like our achievement. students, parents, faculty and staff to “We are elated with the recogknow we appreciate the hard work nition we received today from Dr. and everything they have done to Pulley,” she said. “We’re also proud improve achievement in the Oktib- of the support we received from our beha County School District.” mayor. He has been so supportive, Pulley said that for the first time along with the rest of the communisince the accountability model was ty. We’re looking forward to continestablished, each of the county ue increasing student achievement at schools met growth. Growth, she West Elementary.” Sturgis Mayor Walter Turner explained, is a prediction for student achievement based on past state test- issued a letter congratulating the school on its achievement. ing results. Pulley said the district continPulley gave special recognition to West Oktibbeha Elementary School, ued to progress in clearing the 29 located in Sturgis, which boasted the standards it violated before entering highest QDI of any school between conservatorship. She said the district the Starkville and Oktibbeha School had, so far, cleared all but nine of the Districts. The school received a B 29 violations and hoped to continue ranking in the accountability results. progress. Pulley also congratulated West QDI, or Quality Distribution Index, according to the Mississippi Department of Education, is See ACHIEVEMENT | Page 3
Supervisors talk Local site gets big-time backers education, roads
By STEVEN NALLEY By ALEX HOLLOWAY Paul Burke describes himself as a “serial entrepreneur.” For more than 30 years, Burke has founded, operated and worked with several companies, including toy and comic book company TMP International, Inc. and business advisory firm Helix Global Partners. He built many connections through this experience, and he said he put those connections to work when he became chief operating officer of YeHive, a Starkville-based social network focused on helping users participate in events and share media related to them. “When I first saw it ... it seemed like another social media site or event site, but as I looked at it, (I saw) a different appeal,” Burke said. “As I talked to some of my Internet people, so did they. We see a lot of opportunity in the event space, so I talked to (YeHive CEO) Brad Fuller and assembled a team.” YeHive has assembled a new advisory board of high-profile veteran executives and expanded its executive team with Burke’s help, preparing for a major marketing and fundraising push to
The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors discussed manufacturing training with East Mississippi Community College at their Monday meeting. Raj Shaunak, vice president of Workforce and Community Services at East Mississippi Community College, appeared before the board to discuss the matter. District 5 Supervisor Williams said EMCC’s workforce development programs impressed him, and he often recommended them individuals looking to develop their technical skills. The program includes manufacturing skills education, which is followed by individuals going on to seek further instruction. “That’s a good program,” he said. “We can get young people employed and we can get young people out working at places like (. . .) the Yokohama Company that’s coming forward in West Point. The problem is that they’re going to train them, but they’re training them on the EMCC Golden Triangle campus, and I believe there is a satellite campus in West Point. But we don’t have a satellite training site here in Oktibbeha County.” EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus is in Mayhew, a central location between the Golden Triangle’s three cities. Williams acknowledged Yokohama’s arrival would lead to people from the county seeking work with the company, and said he wanted them to have easier access to skills training for the jobs. “How are they going to get there if they’re already unemployed?” he asked. “They have to make it to the Golden Triangle
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YeHive is a social networking company led by MSU graduate and CEO Brad Fuller that builds social networks around different events. One of YeHive’s earliest events was Bulldog Bash 2012, but Fuller said events on the site had largely been weddings since and traffic has been stagnant. To accelerate the site’s growth, YeHive has assembled a team of top executives for a new advisory board, including Bruce Hack, the former CEO of Vivendi Games who launched World of Warcraft. (Photo See YEHIVE | Page 5 courtesy of
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Around Town
AROUND TOWN ANNOUNCEMENT POLICIES All “Around Town” announcements are published as a community service on a first-come, first-served basis and as space allows. Announcements must be 60 words or less, written in complete sentences and submitted in writing at least five 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 Active Parenting — Active Parenting will focus on tools to improve parenting skill from 11 a.m. to noon at Emerson Family Resource Center. Contact Elmarie Carr Brooks at 320-4607 for more information and to register. u Kiwanis — Kiwanis will meet at noon at The Hilton Garden Inn. Dr. Gregory Bohach, Vice President for Ag, Forestry & Vet-Med will be our speaker. Visitors & prospective members are always welcome. u Pregnancy/Chilbirth Class — Nancy Ball, RN, BSN with Starkville Clinic for Women, will discuss Pregnancy and Childbirth ata 5:30 p.m. at Emerson Family Resource Center.  Free childcare and snacks are provided, and to register please call 320-4607. u Town Hall meeting —Town Hall meeting with House Speaker Philip Gunn will be at 5:30 p.m. at Hunter Henry Center. The public invited.  u Diabetes Support Group — The Diabetes Support Group at OCH Regional Medical Center will focus on guided imagery to decrease stress and lower blood sugar at 5:30 p.m. in the educational facility. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Nicky Yeatman at (662) 6152668. u Mothers-to-Mothers Support Group — OCH Regional Medical Center invites new and expectant mothers to join the Mothers-to-Mothers Support Group at 5:30-6:30 p.m. at OCH Regional Medical Center in the OCH Community Room. Light refreshments are provided and siblings are welcome!  For more information, contact Paula Hamilton at 615-3364. u Speaker of MS House — Phillip Gumn, speaker of the Mississippi House will speak at 5:30 p.m. at the Hunter Henry Center. Gunn is on a listening tour to hera public’s ideas on government. The public is invited. u Jazz at Renasant — The Starkville Symphony Orchestra “Big Band” will perform a two-part concert at 6 p.m. on the plaza of Renasant Bank. u Civil War Roundtable — The Golden Triangle Civil War Round Table meet at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Golden Triangle Planning and Development Building, 106 Miley Road, Starkville. Please park and enter at the rear of the building. Speaker Tom Parson, Corinth
John Rigdon, BancorpSouth-Starkville senior vice president, recently presented Joel Downey, local Habitat for Humanity executive director, a $4,000 check. This check represents a $4,000 Federal Home Land Bank (FHLB) of Dallas Partnership Grant. BancorpSouth sponsored the Starkville Habitat for this grant and donated $1,000 that was matched by $3,000 from FHLB. (Submitted photo)
Interpretive Center, National Park Service, will discuss “Contraband.” u American Legion — American Legion Post #13 will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Building on Old West Point Road. All American Legion members and prospective American Legion members are urged to attend.   Any questions, call Wayne Hemphill at 323-1693 or John Lee at 3232539.
u Financial Forum — Priority registration for the 2013 Financial Professional Forum ends. Priority registration is $45 for members and $55 for nonmembers. The forum will be on Oct. 17 at The Ritz Theater and Conference Center in West Point. For registration information e-mail or call 323-8318. u Active Parenting — Active Parenting will focus on tools to improve parenting skill from 11 a.m. to noon at the J.L. King Center. Contact Elmarie Carr Brooks at 3204607 for more information and to register.
u Breakfast with the Bulldogs — Breakfast with the Bulldogs will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Starkville Café. The speaker will be Dr. Ann Bailey, Director of Housing and Residence Life. Dutch treat breakfast. Reservations not required. u Depression screenings — Community Counseling Services is offering free depression screenings from 9
a.m. until 4 p.m. at any one of our county offices. u Preschool Story Hour — Preschool story hour for ages 3-6 will be at 10 a.m. at the Starkville Public Library. The theme for the week is pumpkins. u Books and Authors — Short Story writer John M. Floyd will be discussing his award winning short stories at noon at the Starkville Library. He has published hundreds of short stories in magazines and in his own collections: Rainbow’s End, Midnight, Clockwork and his latest, Deception. He is known for always surprising the reader with twists and surprise endings. u NAACP — The Oktibbeha County Branch of the NAACP will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at the Oktibbeha County Courthouse on East Main Street for more information contact President Chris Taylor at 617-3671. u Active Parenting — Active Parenting will focus on tools to improve parenting skill from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Reed’s Place. Contact Elmarie Carr Brooks at 320-4607 for more information and to register. u Women’s Conference — New St. Mark COGIC is holding a women’s conference at 7 p.m. from Oct. 10-13 nightly. The theme is “Holy women releasing the power of God through praise and worship.” u Oktibbeha Audubon Society —Oktibbeha Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. at MSU’s Clay Lyle Entomology Building. Dr. Francisco Vilella, Professor of Conservation Biology, MSU Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, will present a program on “Bird Conservation in the Savanna Wetlands of
the Orinoco River in South America.”  Visitors welcome.
u Homecoming — Highways and Hedges Worship Center in Eupora will have its homecoming service at 10 a.m. with evangelist Robby Dempsey speaking and singing with Sacred Heart at 1:30 p.m. All are invited to come and worship. u Maben Church of God — Tim Frith and Gospel Echoes will perform at 10:30 a.m. at the Maben Church Of God. A meal will follow. The church is located at 3965 Crowley Dr. Call 7220531 for more info.   u Clergy Appreciation — Sand Creek Chapel M.B. Church Family will be having Pastor Christopher A. Mayes a Clergy Appreciation Month program at 10:45 a.m. Rev. Dr. James A. Boyd of Zion Gate M.B. Church of Columbus will be the guest spreaker. The public is invited. u Fire Prevention Week — Adaton United Methodist Church will be observing National Fire Prevention Week by acknowledging firefighters from the Adaton/Self Creek Volunteer Fire Department at the morning worship service at 11 a.m. There will be a covered dish dinner following the service. All are welcome. Adaton United Methodist Church is located at 303 Reed Rd. West.   u Church Anniversary — New Zion United Methodist Church will hold its 8th year church anniversary at 3 p.m. at 2169 South Montgomery St. Guest Church First Unity United Methodist Church with Pastor Lyndon Geeter. The guest speaker is Starkville District Superintendent Embra Jackson II. Pastor Tyrone Stallings Sr. and members invite the public.  u Rotary — The Starkville Area Rust College club will meet at 4 p.m. to discuss Founder’s Day transportation and other activities at Griffin United Methodist Church, located at 212 West Main Street. For additional information please contact Mary N. Mosley at 323-2418.
u La Leche League — The La Leche League of Starkville and Columbus will have a childbirth class at 11 a.m. with Linda McGrath and Jennifer Collins, LLL consultant. Call 320-4607 to register. u Homecoming Choral Concert — Mississippi State University Choral Activities will present its annual Homecoming Choral Concert at 7:30 pm on Oct. 11 at First Baptist Church. The theme this year is “Homeward Bound.” Come enjoy some wonderful choral singing that is sure to add excitement to the events of the homecoming football game. Doors open at 6:45 pm and the event is free.
u Laymen Convention — The laymen of the Northeast Mississippi State Convention will observe their annual laymen’s day at 10 a.m. in Columbus where the Rev. Leroy Jones will be the keynote speaker. James Girley of Blue Mountain, MS is the state laymen president.  u Parents Support Group — Parents of Exceptional Kids Support Group will meet from 3-4:30 p.m. with Cindy Prewitt and Brittany Greer. Call 320-4607 to register.  u Book Signing — Local author Adele Elliott will read from and sign copies of her debut novel, Friendship Cemeter at 4 p.m. at Hollyhocks, located on 204 5th Street South, Columbus.
  u Rotary —  Mike Taggert, Transportation Commissioner for the northern district, will be guest speaker at this week’s meeting of Starkville Rotary Club. He will be introduced by Jack Forbus. Rotary meets each Monday noon at Starkville Country Club.  u Common Core — There will be a workshop for preschool teachers and parents to learn to prepare your child for school from 5-7 p.m. at Emerson Family Resource Center. Contact Lynn Phillips at 320-4607 to register.
6– 8:30 p.m. in the OCH Ed Facility.  The class fee is $70.  To sign up or for questions, call Paula Hamilton, perinatal nurse manager at 662-615-3364. u Starkville School District — SSD Lunch Applications for 2013-14 school year now available. The Office of Child Nutrition is now located on the north end of the Henderson Ward Stewart Complex. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Office of Child nutrition has also completed the direct certification process for families who automatically qualify for certain benefits and services. For more information contact Nicole Thomas at or 662-615-0021. u Teen Parenting Coalition classes — Teen Parenting Coalision Nuturing Parenting classes will be held 4:30-6 p.m. Thursdays at the Emerson Family Resource Center. Call 662-3204607 to register. u Storytime — Maben Public Library will have storytime at 10:00 a.m. on Fridays. Lots of fun activities along with a story with Ms. Mary. Children ages 3-6 are invited! u Mini Moo Time — The Chick-fil-A on Hwy 12 holds Mini Moo Time at 9 a.m. every Thurday. There are stories, activities, and crafts for kids six and under. The event is free. u BrainMinders Puppet Show — Starkville Pilot Club offers a BrainMinders Puppet Show for groups of about 25 or fewer children of pre-school or lower elementary age. The show lasts about 15 minutes and teaches children about head / brain safety. Children also receive a free activity book which reinforces the show’s safety messages. To schedule a puppet show, contact Lisa Long at LLLONG89@ u Dulcimer and More Society — The Dulcimer & More Society will meet from 6:15-8 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday in the Starkville Sportsplex activities room. Jam sessions are held with the primary instruments being dulcimers, but other acoustic instruments are welcome to join in playing folk music, traditional ballads and hymns. For more information, contact 662323-6290. u Samaritan Club meetings — Starkville Samaritan Club meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in McAlister’s Deli (Coach’s Corner). All potential members and other guests are invited to attend. The Samaritan Club supports Americanism, works to prevent child abuse, provides community service and supports youth programs. For more information, email starkvillesamaritans@ or call 662-323-1338. Please see our website: http://www. u Worship services — Love City Fellowship Church, at 305 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Starkville, will hold worship services at 11 a.m. every Sunday. Apostle Lamorris Richardson is pastor. u OSERVS classes — OSERVS is offering multiple courses for the community and for health care professionals to ensure readiness when an emergency situation large or small arises. If interested in having OSERVS conduct one of these courses, feel free to contact the agency’s office by phone at (662) 384-2200 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday or stop by the offices at 100 Highway 12 East at South Jackson Street during those same hours. Fees are assessed per participant and include all necessary training materials. u Spring speaker series — A different speaker for Starkville’s 175th birthday celebration will speak at 7 p.m. every Thursday in the John Grisham room at the
Mitchell Memorial Library. u GED classes — Emerson Family School, 1504 Louisville in Starkville, will offer free ABE/ GED classes from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. For more information call 662-320-4607. u Writing group — The Starkville Writer’s Group meets the first and third Saturday of the Recurring month at 10 a.m. in the upstairs area of the Bookmart and Cafe in u Childbirth Classes — downtown Starkville. For more OCH Regional Medical Center information, contact Debra Wolf is holding childbirth classes dur- at or call ing the month of October. ClassSee TOWN | Page 3 es will be held on Mondays from
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662-323-8152. u BNI meetings — A chapter of Business Networking International will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesdays in the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District conference room. For more information, call Barbara Coats at 662-418-7957 or Matt Rose at 662-275-8003. u Square dancing — Dancing and instruction on basic steps every Monday 7-9 p.m. at the Sportplex Annex, 405 Lynn Lane.  Enjoy learning with our caller and friendly help from experienced dancers. Follow the covered walk to the small building.  Look us up on Facebook “Jolly Squares”. u Dance team applications
— KMG Creations children dance company “The Dream Team” is currently accepting dance applications for the 4-6 year old group and 10-18 year old group. For more information, call 662-648-9333 or e-mail u Noontime devotional study — Join a group of interdenominational ladies for lunch and discussion about the book “Streams in the Desert” from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday, starting Aug. 20 at the Book Mart Cafe in downtown Starkville. u Quilting group meeting — The Golden Triangle Quilt Guild meets the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex. All interested quilters are invited to attend. For more information, call Luanne Blankenship at 662-3237597.
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Are Young” from FUN.’s sophomore album “Some Nights” that pushed the band into the mainstream. The single won Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy’s and FUN. won Best New Artist, solidifying its place in the mainstream world. The stop in Starkville is one of the last dates for the band’s tour, and the the only tour date at a university. The concert marks the first time FUN. will be in the state and the first concert the Hump has hosted in five years. Antonoff is excited about the band’s stop in Starkville. He said there was something unique about college towns. “There’s nothing better than playing an audience that is new,” Antonoff said. “You can’t duplicate the experience of going somewhere for the first time. I know Starkville is going to be different and special. “College town kids are really ready to go nuts because they have little care in the world,” he added. Anticipation for the night has built since March when the date was first announced.
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Oktibbeha High School, which had the largest QDI percentage increase of any school in the county. The school’s QDI jumped 37 points, from 101 in 2012 to 138 for 2013. The increase improved the school’s rating from F to D. West Oktibbeha High School Principal Jeffery Grant said he was pleased to see the school recognized for improvement, and he had been confident the school would improve. “It’s great to see it,” he said. “But I always felt that we would be where we are.” The district also recognized several students of the month from each of its schools at the meeting. Teachers selected students based on academic and behavioral criteria. Honored students received a certificate and a bag filled with notebooks, pencils and other rewards. Pulley encouraged the students to continue working hard at their studies. “It’s OK to be smart,” she said. “That’s a good thing — to be smart and to be recognized. I don’t know what I may have become, had I the opportunity when I was in school to go to the superintendent’s office or go to the board meeting and get a certificate as the student of the month, or even teachers as the employee of the month. I may have become President of the United States if I had that recognition when I was a child. It’s important that we recognize their achievement. That extra reward incentive is good for children, and it’s good for adults too. All of us like to be patted every once in a while for a job well done.” The district also recognized two Jada and Christopher Hogue, in the second and sixth grades, respectively, at West Oktibbeha Elementary, for winning bus safety poster competitions. Temple said the students’ posters will be on display during bus safety week, which is Oct. 21-25. In other business, the district: n approved a field trip request for West Elementary to go to the Memphis Zoo on Nov. 8; n approved renewal of workers’ compensation insurance with the Mississippi School Boards Association; and n approved mileage change to the state rate of 56.5 cents per mile.
Hayden Nix, a senior at Mississippi State, said he and his friends bought their tickets on March 15, the day they were released, because they wanted to ensure good seats. “I listen to all their music so it’s going to be a fun adventure,” Nix said. “It’s exciting having a popular, hit band coming to campus. We’ve had them in the past but having one that’s been in the Top 40 hits is the first time since I’ve been here.” It won’t be just any show. Antonoff said one of the things that defined the band is its experience with the audience. “We don’t get up there and just perform and expect people to watch,” he said. “We get up there and we expect to have an experience with the audience, where both the audience and us are contributing. It’s like the music sounds. It’s over the top, emotional and theatrical.” Antonoff said all of that can be seen with the band’s most recent single, “Carry On.” The song is his favorite to perform live. “It’s big and it’s epic and grand,” he said. “It really gets people going on a huge rock level. It’s also super melodic and most important is the lyrics are extremely uplifting and intense.” Hewes expects the Hump will be the place to be Wednesday and she couldn’t be
more thrilled. “We’re really excited,” she said. It’s a neat thing for the community and students. It’s definitely something you don’t want to miss.” Hewes said Music Makers was reaching all the goals it had set for the concert and expected sales the jump the day-before and day-of the show. Remaining tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at Portions of the night’s proceed will go to The Ally Coalition, a partnership between the band and Rachel Antonoff, Jack’s sister. The coalition brings awareness to issues related to the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual or questioning) population. “It’s a really beautiful thing,” Jack said. “All of us have some duty to do our part based on whatever platform we have. Whether it’s being vocal amongst your friend and family or talking to your audience of millions of people, it kind of feels like the same thing. It has a special connection to us the way we think it should have a special connection to anyone. Being aware of issues that are currently affecting our country, our culture and world should be on the tip of your tongue and your hearts whether you accept it or not.”
Ty Gibson, a third-grade student at East Oktibbeha Elementary School, receives recognition as one of the school’s students of the month during the Oktibbeha County School District meeting Monday. The district praised its schools and students for their achievements during the meeting. (Photo by Alex Holloway, SDN)
Raj Shaunak, of East Mississippi Community College, speaks to the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors on Monday. The board discussed looking into an Oktibbeha-based manufacturing skills training center with Shaunak. (Photo by Alex Holloway, SDN)
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campus about four days a week. We’re talking about getting individuals trained and into the workforce and most of them don’t have jobs in the first place and are without transportation. Either transport them or have a site here in Oktibbeha County to teach manufacturing skills.” Shaunak said EMCC could, feasibly, set up a training center in Oktibbeha County, if a few hurdles could be cleared. “The issue becomes facilities and equipment and those kinds of things,” he said. “The number of participants from Oktibbeha County falls to about 2528 percent of the people who come and take the workforce related career training to go to work.” He said the college would look into providing manufacturing and workforce training services in Oktibbeha County if the board desired to do so. Williams said he wasn’t sure of a location for the class’ location during the meeting, but he pointed out that West Point has had a satellite EMCC facility since 2007 and claimed Oktibbeha County was falling behind. Shaunak said a training facility could serve as a boon for the county.
“That’s the sad part about Starkville and Oktibbeha County,” he said. “At once, we were the highest educated folks with the third-highest income in the state. But we also have the third-highest poverty rate and the lowest educational retainment. It’s really two different worlds that we have here. It’s very sad, with the major university and all the great things that are occurring. Perhaps this consolidation and other things may affect it positively, but still, there are a lot of people beyond the high school age who lack relevant skills to be gainfully employed.” The board also discussed the state of the county’s roads, a source of complaints from their county constituents. Williams said he believed the board was resting on its heels in regards to maintain the county’s roads. “I think we’ve been too relaxed with letting roads go undone,” he said. “As long as we continue to let roads go undone, we’re going to continue having problems with individuals complaining about their cars getting torn up. Just because we haven’t paved enough roads in the past doesn’t mean we can’t do better now. In my opinion we should be striving to do better all the time — not to do what we’ve been doing. Infra-
structure is our primary goal for being here.” District 4 Supervisor Daniel Jackson said he believed supervisors shouldn’t work on any other construction projects if their districts that needed repair. Board President and District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer said he believed the board should look into paving all the roads in the county. “You could pave all the roads in the county for about $20-25 million,” he said. “That would help everything. It’s not as big of a notion as it seems to be. If we start today and say it’s going to take us 15 or 20 years to pave every road in this county and we get a good plan to pave an adequate number of roads every year, as time goes on, I think we’ll get closer to our goal.” The board also requested the county Road Manager prepare a preliminary cost report on repairs needed at the East and West Oktibbeha County Elementary School parking lots. It was a step to prepare for the Starkville-Oktibbeha County school districts’ consolidation. In other business, the board appointed Kimberly Brooks, a nurse with Starkville Manor, to the OCH Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees to replace the late Betty Evans.
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Hood to seek re-election
Attorney General Jim Hood told the Stennis Institute-Capitol Press Corps luncheon on Monday that at this point he plans to seek reelection in 2015. He said life happens and he has decisions to make regarding his children and family, but reelection is “my plan at this point.” Hood addressed the two-dozen people crowd at the Capital Club in Jackson covering topics of cybercrime, Google and intellectual property theft, domestic violence, guns and America’s future. Hood said he wasn’t sure about the transition from district attorney (where he could hug the neck of a victim) to attorney general, but the challenge brought to his office by internet related crimes has made it fun. The sole statewide elected Democrat said he likes to find ways “how the government can work to help people.” He said while “earmark” has become a dirty word, his cybercrime unit used to investigate and prosecute child pornographers got early funding through the work of U.S. Senator Thad Cochran as Appropriations Chairman and funding partnerships with Mississippi State and the University of Mississippi. Those efforts, Hood said, have been successful and the media has been helpful in getting the word out that internet predators will be caught and go to prison. Hood said “there is no one out there policing the Internet” but his office works Brian Perry closely with the Syndicated FBI and Columnist the postal service to target suspects. Hood said a new concern is “sextortion” by hackers who take control of computer cameras to take pictures or videos of their users and threaten to release
those images unless paid. Hood also violence have been successful and notworries about hackers infiltrating the ed some of the tools included changes electrical grid and causing shutdowns in the state’s stalking laws and the adwhich, as we saw after Hurricane Ka- dition of anti-domestic violence segtrina, can cause the breakdown of so- ments in school curriculum. “You can change that behavior and keep those ciety within days. Hood said he continues his fight families together,” Hood said. Hood mentioned his office recently with Google concerning counterfeit prescription drugs and other intel- issued an opinion affirming the right lectual property concerns. Google to carry a gun on school property by entered into a non-prosecution agree- those with enhanced concealed-carry ment, but Hood says it is not working permits. He said his office went back very well to assist law enforcement.  through history to gain a clear perHe did note one positive change: spective on carrying guns and that in Google changed it’s auto-complete the “Old West” you were thought to function that Hood said once assisted be considered a coward for concealin purchasing illegal products online. See PERRY | Page 5 He said efforts at curbing domestic
Washington practicing politics as usual
President Obama and radical leftwing Democrats like Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi are scaring audiences, saying TEA Party representatives have shut down the government and are planning to make the U.S. default on our debts by not raising the debt limit. Let’s cut through the radical leftist rhetoric and see what’s really happened. Sixty-percent of the federal budget is automatically funded, being mandated by law. So, the “shutdown” concerns only 40 percent of federal spending. The House has passed legislation funding all of that 40 percent except for Obamacare several times (I’ve lost count), and the Senate has added funding for Obamacare back into the bills and returned them to the House like ping pong balls. Please note that President Obama has made 19 major changes in his namesake legislation including delaying the employer mandate for big businesses for a year. Republicans have asked him to delay the individual mandate requiring the rest of us to purchase insurance or pay a fine for the same amount of time Obama is giving to corporations. The President says he will not negotiate, that citizens have to do what the law requires. Since 1976 the federal government has shut down 17 times. So, this is not unusual. Neither are battles over raising the debt limit. In an excellent article in the Wall Street Journal, Kevin Hassett and Abby McCloskey write: “According to the Congressional Research Service, Congress voted 53 times from 1978 to 2013 to change the debt ceiling. The debt ceiling has increased to about $16 trillion from $752 billion. Of these 53 votes, 29 occurred in a Congress run by Democrats, 17 in a split Congress, and seven in a Republicancontrolled Daniel Gardner Congress.” Barack Contributing Obama conColumnist tinues to say never in the history of our nation has Congress made similar demands before raising the debt limit, and he keeps demanding that Congress send him a “clean” bill. Of the 53 bills raising the limit, only 26 were “clean.” That means 27 were ‘dirty’ or included compromises between Congress and the White House. President Obama says he refuses to negotiate or compromise. The U.S. Treasury brings in $200250 billion every month, and we owe around $20 billion on our debt every month. As long as President Obama pays the debt bill, the U.S. will not default, and we will still have $180 230 billion to pay for other parts of the government. How high does President Obama want to raise the debt limit? He won’t say. Interestingly, a Democratic-controlled Congress voted to increase the debt limit seven times in 1990 when George H.W. Bush was president. Do you think President Obama would go along with a lot of little debt increases? Neither do I. Bottom line: President Obama is demanding Congress fully fund everything, increasing spending, and raising the debt limit so he can borrow even more money putting us
deeper into debt. So far, Republicans have said they want to negotiate changes that will reduce spending and borrowing and won’t give President Obama anything until he negotiates with them on some of these fiscal matters. Don’t let the raging liberal/progressives scare you into believing America will default on our debt, and our economy and the world’s economy will implode into a deep depression. It’s just politics as usual in Washington.
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Ernest Russell
Dr. Ernest Russell died in his home Sunday October 6, 2013 in the company of his oldest son, Rett Russell, and caregiver Louise Cole.  Dr. Russell was Geology Professor Emeritus, Mississippi State University, Lieutenant Colonel retired, United States Air Force, and was born on April 16, 1923 in Jackson, MS.  He was a decorated fighter pilot from the European Theater in WWII.  He follows his beloved Dixie Allison Evans Russell of Sunnyside Plantation whom he will join at rest in OddFellows Cemetery in Starkville. He was a husband, father, scientist, and friend.  He lived a rich life partially recounted in a book “A Mississippi Fighter Pilot in WWII.” He was a man of wisdom, passion, and curiosity and was also an avid horticulturist. He is survived by his three sons: Ernest Everett Russell, Jr. of Portland, OR, Drs. William Evans and Debbi Russell
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of Baton Rouge, LA, and Allison Hardy and Diane Russell of Rock Hill, SC.  He also leaves behind ten grandchildren, many family, friends, and professional colleagues. We will celebrate his life and memories at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Starkville, MS.  Visitation will be in the church fellowship hall from 12:00 until 2:00 with the service starting at 2:00.  Graveside services will follow. He would desire that honorarium in his memory be made to Palmer Children’s home of Columbus (www.Palmerhome. org).  He and Allison believed in the good work done there. He would also encourage you to hug your family and express your love to them often as he did with us.  We will miss him. You can go online and sign our guest register at www. total conglomeration of brains.” YeHive also expanded its executive team to include Burke, as well as Chief Financial Officer Allan Inglis, who has served as secretarytreasurer for Black and Decker Corporation in Canada and vice president of finance for Magna International, Inc. Also on the new executive team is Craig Nome, the son of Philip Nome and a 20-year veteran in marketing, sales and strategy. Fuller said both the advisory board and the executive team would be heavily involved in the company’s day-to-day operations. He said he believed their collective expertise would make a significant difference for the company, and he was grateful to Burke for bringing them on board. “One thing we struggled with, being an Internet company out of Mississippi, was getting people to take us
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take the social network to the next level. Fuller, a 2004 graduate of Mississippi State University, said he first conceived YeHive in collaboration with Gary Zucker, president of Starkville-based electronics company Camgian Microsystems. He said he drew inspiration from his years of social media intelligence work for political campaigns in Washington, D.C. and from Twitter’s hashtag, which aggregates posts about a specific topic using a descriptive phrase and a pound sign. “Imagine if the Twitter hashtag was its own social network,” Fuller said. “Everything (at YeHive) is grouped based on the interest and not the person. There are a ton of event promotion websites out there ... (but) we’re not an event promotion website. You
Mississippi At A Glance
Tupelo 75/54
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can have your very own social network for an event for free ... all the way down to the birthday party you would have for your kid.” Yehive launched a little less than a year ago, coinciding with Bulldog Bash 2012, but Fuller said marketing for the site had been limited since then, and so had usage of the site. “We’ve had several weddings use it, but that’s pretty much where our usage had been,” Fuller said. “We’re finally ready to roll out on the big stage.” That’s where the advisory board Burke assembled came in, Fuller said. One of its members, Philip Nome, has more than 38 years of corporate management experience, with Ford Motor Company chief among his credentials. Another two members are John Janitz and Dominick Schiano, cofounding partners of the Austrailan investment management firm Ever-
green Capital Partners, LLC. But Burke said the brain behind Yehive’s new advisory board would be Bruce Hack, founder of BLH Venture, LLC and a veteran of online entertainment. As CEO of Vivendi Games, Hack oversaw the launch of Blizzard’s online role-playing game World of Warcraft, and his resume also includes leadership positions at Universal Music Group and Vivendi Universal Entertainment. “His thought process is so thorough,” Burke said. “He has the ability — the intense thinking, we call it — (to drill) down into a subject. I’ve never experienced it with any other executives I’ve worked with. Obviously, Bruce’s experience is second to none in this area. Currently, he’s on a lot of other boards of directors. He wanted to come on and join us, and he’s the brain. It’s actually a
seriously,” Fuller said. “Paul started to work to bring individuals in from across the country that had experience in different spaces and give us the connections we needed to move forward. It has been a large boost for us to have them on board. People are definitely taking us serious now. Now that we have the site built to where it is and we have our executive team, people are actually seeking us out for investment.” Fuller said YeHive also recently reached a $700,000 capital fundraising goal set late last year, and he has set a new $1.2 million fundraising goal to prepare for a new marketing push. He said he hopes for YeHive to become the official app of weddings, concert series and other events through sponsorship. “We’re going to get that really rolling starting in January of next year,” Fuller said.
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Threat of default eclipses shutdown for attention
WASHINGTON (AP) — A possible national default loomed closer on Monday as the partial government shutdown lingered, rattling markets in the U.S. and overseas. A gridlocked Congress betrayed little or no urgency toward resolving either of the threats. Stocks got a case of the jitters on Wall Street, and halfway around the world China stressed the importance for the international economy of raising the U.S. debt limit. "Safeguarding the debt is of vital importance to the economy of the U.S. and the world," Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao said, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. China holds $1.277 trillion in U.S. Treasury bonds, second only to Japan. At home, the political rhetoric was unchanged — and generally uncompromising — while a new poll suggested Republicans are paying a heavier price than Democrats for the deadlock. President Barack Obama said the House should vote immediately on ending the partial closure of the federal establishment. He accused House Speaker John Boehner of refusing to permit the necessary legislation to come to the floor because he "doesn't apparently want to see the ... shutdown end at the moment, unless he's able to extract concessions that don't have anything to do with the budget."
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Moon Phases
President Barack Obama speaks in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, Sept. 16, 2013, in Washington. After weeks of intense focus on the crisis in Syria, the White House is set to use the five-year anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse to lay claim to an economic turnaround and to press congressional Republicans to not use the threat of a shutdown or a unprecedented debt default to extract a delay of President Barack Obama’s signature health care. (Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP)
ing a weapon and using a concealed weapon could get you a murder charge; while those who openly carried their weapons were not scrutinized because “it was a fair fight.” In MisNew First Full Last sissippi, the Constitution only allows the regulation of conOct 4 Oct 11 Oct 18 Oct 26 cealed weapons and although there are conflicting statutes, he believes a concealed carry permit holder may not take a UVonto Index gun public accessible school property, but an enhanced permit holder may do so. He said he thinks the legislature Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat should address the enhanced10/10 carry law in the next session 10/8 10/9 10/11 10/12 to promote additional training and clear up conflicts in statute. 7 7 7 7 7 Hood said he has spoken with Governor Phil Bryant on High High High High High how to “try to do more for our money” in the Department The UV Index is measured - 11 number scale, of Corrections withonaa 0 focus on prevention and rehabilita11 with a higher UV Index showing the need for greater 0 tion. Hood advocated an increase in half-way houses where skin protection. inmates would wear ankle bracelets, receive counseling, learn job skills and Profile mustHometown maintain a job while incarcerated. He said ©2010 American Content Service we can’t just turn people out of the penitentiary but the legislature has created all these “open back doors” that essentially does that already. He said those policies weaken the public’s confidence in the judicial system and prevents anyone from knowing how much time a convict actually will be required to spend in prison. He hopes this will be addressed in the next legislative session as well. Hood believes the most dangerous thing our country faces is the political divide exemplified by the government shutdown. He says if you wonder where the moderate went, it was a process of redistricting that shifted competitive U.S. House seats from 135 in 1980 to fewer than 35 today. The work to make more majority-black and minority districts created other districts that are “lily white.” Hood complained that people get elected now by people who want them to yell at the other side. Hood warned a nation can fall before our eyes, like the former Soviet Union, and he worries about our own country. He said a country divided cannot stand and America is not as good as it once was, “I don’t know if we can make it thirty years at this pace.” Brian Perry is a columnist for the Madison County Jou rnal and a partner with Capstone Public Affairs, LLC. Reach him at or @CapstonePerry on Twitter.
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Bedwell does well
The course that Sunday was tough, especially for someone so young, but after shooting a 75 the first day, Bedwell did not let the fast greens or the wind affect his game. “It was set up a little tough,” Bedwell said. “After I saw the final scores on day one, I was one back and I knew I needed to putt better. I putted so badly the first day. So on day two, I was just working on being focused and taking it one shot at a time. I ended up winning by four strokes and I birdied three of my first four holes. It was probably on 15 I knew I had it.” Bedwell played a great round of golf on that Sunday shooting a 72, but the high school junior knows he can still do better and he plans to carry that mentality with him into the upcoming season. “Knowing the fact that I can go out and win, especially knowing I didn’t play as well as I could have and still win, that is a lot of confidence,” Bedwell said. As a member of Starkville Academy’s golf
SA’s junior wins SCC event
By JASON EDWARDS   It was just a “matter of him putting it all together” as Alex Bedwell won the Starkville Country Club Invitational recently. “Alex has always had the ability,” Starkville Academy golf coach Mark Alexander said. “Having the ability is not the question. With Alex, it is a mental thing a lot of times. He just had to get passed that mental hurdle and he probably did that midway through the year last year. He has all the talent and has all the shots. It was just a matter of him putting it all together.” What makes the win even more impressive is the Starkville Academy student is the youngest person to ever accomplish the feat. “There were some good players,” Bedwell said. “I knew if I played good I had a chance based on how everyone else played that day. It was weird and kind of cool winning because I didn’t know I was the youngest until everyone else told me. It is just cool to be the only high school person to do it.”
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Starkville Academy student Alex Bedwell shows his form with a golf club in his hand. (Photos courtesy of Mary Adele Rackley)
College Football
By BEN WAIT For many “mid-major” football programs, the chance to play a team in a big-time conference is welcomed. Many of the smaller schools are on a mission to prove something and may enter with a chip on its shoulder. That may be seen this weekend in Starkville. Mississippi State (2-3) host Mid-American Conference school Bowling Green (5-1) this Saturday for homecoming.   Coach Dan Mullen has played the Cinderella role before and at times, he has done it at MSU. “We have a chip on our shoulder here for a lot of our guys within our conference,” Mullen said during his Monday press conference. That gives him a better understanding of how the Falcons feel coming into the ballgame.  Bowling Green is no stranger to playing against bigger schools, where it is underdogs. The Falcons lost to Indiana 42-10 in Bloomington, Ind., earlier this season. “I’m sure they use all that stuff,” Mullen said. “Their kids really look forward to playing in these games. The chip on their shoulder is the opportunity to play an SEC school. We get to do it eight times a year. They get to do once. It’s a pretty big opportunity for those guys.”
MSU’s Mullen knows Bowling Green will be motivated
“You’ve got to hold people to field goals or field goal attempts, and you have to score touchdowns,” Mullen said. “Red zone scoring to me is proportionate to touchdowns, not as much field goals. When you get down there, you have to get touchdowns.” The Bulldogs were minus-12 against the LSU Tigers this past weekend.  For the season, MSU is third in the Southeastern Conference in red zone offense. The Bulldogs are 20-for-23 in the red zone in scoring points or 87 percent. They have scored 14 “Point potential” touchdowns and made 6-of-9 field goals. in red zone MSU is 13th in the league in red zone defense. Teams have been in the red zone 14 Mullen is a mad scientist when it comes times against the Bulldogs and scored 13 to gauging his team’s success in the red zone. times (10 touchdowns and three field goals).  He looks at both his offense in the red zone and his defense when other offenses get Bulldogs healthy in the red zone. He gauges it by “point potenMSU head football coach Dan Mullen tial.” Touchdowns are the goal for his offense For the first time this season, Mullen exworked at Bowling Green from 2001-02. (SDN and holding teams to field goal attempts is the desire on defense. file photo) See NOTEBOOK | Page 12
College Softball
Bulldogs get sharp in fall
By DANNY P. SMITH There are no championships or regional berths on the line in the fall, but that doesn't mean this time of the year is any less important for the Mississippi State softball program. Seven games have been scheduled for the Bulldogs over the next three weeks and coach Vann Stuedeman wants to use those outings to introduce the newcomers to the game at a higher level. "The biggest thing is to get these freshmen up to speed quickly, get them with the gameplan and system and see how they are going to handle it," Stuedeman said. "We are going to have to use some of them so we're going to have to put them in situations where they can grow up really fast. This league can be brutal so we're trying to put pressure on them in the fall and get them acclimated and nurturing them along. We want them ready to go now rather than later. We don't want them to miss out." Year two of the Stuedeman era went similar as the first. MSU qualified for an NCAA Regional for the second-straight season and the Bulldogs finished with a 33-24 overall record. Stuedeman is excited about the veterans coming back and the new faces to be thrown into the mix. "We'll have a senior class with a large amount of games under their belt and three years under our coaching staff so they know our philosophies," Stuedeman said. "Our incoming freshman class is very Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman, middle, visits with her diverse, very talented and can do a lot of things." Stuedeman has been encouraged with fall practice team during a game last season. (SDN file photo) so far and said it appears the team has bought into what the coaching staff has been teaching. The message in the summer and going into the fall was progress in a positive direction. "We spend so much time implimenting a way of thinking, mental toughness, physical toughness and softball skills," Stuedeman said. "You have to make them care about it and have to make them know they are accountable to one another. If you don't do your job, then that's going to affect the next person's job and the next person's job. If that happens, we might end up with a team that doesn't trust one another." Homecoming presents opportunities for the fans to see the softball team. There will be a pitching expo and autograph sessions on Saturday in The Junction prior to the football game, then on Sunday, MSU hosts a doubleheader against Shorter College beginning at 2 p.m. During the expo, Stuedeman said all of the pitchers will be working with catchers in full gear. New hurlers Alexis Silkwood and Mackenzie Toler will be available along with returners Alison Owen, Shana Sherrod and Jacey Punches. Stuedeman said the coaches will have a "baseball mentality" when handling the pitching staff. "We'll have a closer, middle relief and a starter," Stuedeman said. "We will use the whole staff." The Bulldogs played East Mississippi Community College last Sunday in exhibition action. Following the doubleheader against Shorter, they will also take on Wallace-Hanceville in two games on Oct. 19 and Itawamba Community College in a pair on Oct. 20.
The number of college basketball games, including six conference championships, that CBS and CBS Sports Network will show in the upcoming season.
State men golf stand 11th
VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. – In a field of nine Top 50 teams at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate, Mississippi State finished the day with a 33-over-par 593 to earn an 11th-place sitting entering today’s final round. After shooting a 19-over 299, Clay Homan’s squad fought back to fire a 14-over 294 in the second round Monday afternoon. The Bulldogs sit three strokes back of No. 20 UNLV for a share of 10th place, with No. 4 Alabama leading the field after carding an 8-under at the Old Overton Country Club. “It was another tough day for us,” Homan said. “We let about four holes determine our score. Good players don’t make big numbers and they don’t compound their mistakes. We have to do a better job in that area.” The Bulldogs have turned in sixth- and seventh-place finishes the last two times out after opening the season with a runner-up finish at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate. The senior duo of Chad Ramey and Joe Sakulpolphaisan led the Bulldogs at Old Overton after each shot a 7-over 147 to tie for 30th. In his second-consecutive start on the Bulldog card, sophomore Ben Wood shot a 9-over 149 to tie for 44th, while true freshman Ben Follett-Smith tied for 48th after notching a 10-over 150 in his first collegiate start. Rounding out the Maroon and White scorecard was senior Barrett Edens’ 13-over 153. Homan’s squad will tee off at 8 a.m. for the final 18 today, alongside Arizona and UNLV. Follow @HailStateMG on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for news, photos and everything Bulldog golf related.
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College Football Southeastern Conference Standings Western Division Team SEC Pct. Overall Pct. Alabama 2-0 1.00 5-0 1.000 LSU 2-1 .667 5-1 .833 Auburn 2-1 .667 4-1 .800 Texas A&M 1-1 .500 4-1 .800 Ole Miss 1-2 .333 3-2 .600 Arkansas 0-2 .000 3-3 .500 Miss. State 0-2 .000 2-3 .400 Eastern Division Team SEC Pct. Overall Pct. Georgia 3-0 1.000 4-1 .800 Florida 3-0 1.000 4-1 .800 Missouri 1-0 1.000 5-0 1.000 S. Carolina 2-1 .667 4-1 .800 Tennessee 0-2 .000 3-3 .500 Kentucky 0-2 .000 1-4 .200 Vanderbilt 0-3 .000 3-3 .500 Saturday, Oct. 5 LSU 59, Miss. State 26 Auburn 30, Ole Miss 22 Alabama 45, Georgia State 3 Georgia 34, Tennessee 31, OT Florida 30, Arkansas 10 Missouri 51, Vanderbilt 28 S. Carolina 35, Kentucky 28 Saturday, Oct. 12 Bowling Green at Miss. State, 6:30 p.m. Texas A&M at Ole Miss, 7:30 p.m. Missouri at Georgia, 11 a.m. S. Carolina at Arkansas, 11:21 a.m. W. Carolina at Auburn, 1 p.m. Florida at LSU, 2:30 p.m. Alabama at Kentucky, 6 p.m. AP Top 25 The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with firstplace votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 5, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking: Record Pts Pv 1. Alabama (55) 5-0 1,495 1 2. Oregon (5) 5-0 1,424 2 3. Clemson 5-0 1,359 3 4. Ohio St. 6-0 1,305 4 5. Stanford 5-0 1,278 5 6. Florida St. 5-0 1,158 8 7. Georgia 4-1 1,138 6 8. Louisville 5-0 1,051 7 9. Texas A&M 4-1 1,003 9 10. LSU 5-1 993 10 11. UCLA 4-0 844 12 12. Oklahoma 5-0 819 11 13. Miami 5-0 780 14 14. South Carolina 4-1 764 13 15. Baylor 4-0 681 17 16. Washington 4-1 556 15 17. Florida 4-1 536 18 18. Michigan 5-0 514 19 19. Northwestern 4-1 418 16 20. Texas Tech 5-0 358 20 21. Fresno St. 5-0 258 23 22. Oklahoma St. 4-1 204 21 23. N. Illinois 5-0 138 NR 24. Virginia Tech 5-1 115 NR 25. Missouri 5-0 105 NR
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“He’s in a pretty good spot.”
Tampa Bay adviser Don Zimmer said about his friend Joe Girardi’s standing with the New York Yankees.
The Area Slate
Today High School Volleyball Hernando at Starkville, 5 p.m. High School Softball Calhoun City at East Webster, 4:30 p.m. Junior High Football Choctaw County at East Webster, 5:30 p.m. J.Z. George at Eupora, 5:30 p.m.
New Orleans 5 0 0 1.000 134 73 Carolina 1 3 0 .250 74 58 Atlanta 1 3 0 .250 94 104 Tampa Bay 0 4 0 .000 44 70 North W L T Pct PF PA Detroit 3 2 0 .600 131 123 Chicago 3 2 0 .600 145 140 Green Bay 2 2 0 .500 118 97 Minnesota 1 3 0 .250 115 123 West W L T Pct PF PA Seattle 4 1 0 .800 137 81 San Fran 3 2 0 .600 113 98 Arizona 3 2 0 .600 91 95 St. Louis 2 3 0 .400 103 141 Thursday’s Game Cleveland 37, Buffalo 24 Sunday’s Games Green Bay 22, Detroit 9 New Orleans 26, Chicago 18 Kansas City 26, Tennessee 17 St. Louis 34, Jacksonville 20 Cincinnati 13, New England 6 Indianapolis 34, Seattle 28 Baltimore 26, Miami 23 Philadelphia 36, N.Y. Giants 21 Arizona 22, Carolina 6 Denver 51, Dallas 48 San Francisco 34, Houston 3 Oakland 27, San Diego 17 Open: Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington Monday’s Game N.Y. Jets at Atlanta, late Thursday, Oct. 10 N.Y. Giants at Chicago, 8:25 p.m.
Today MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS 4 p.m. TBS — ALDS, Game 4, Oakland at Detroit 7:30 p.m. TBS — ALDS, Game 4, Boston at Tampa Bay (if necessary) NHL HOCKEY 6:30 p.m. NBCSN — Tampa Bay at Buffalo
Bulldog women get golf honor
Following a record-breaking performance and the program’s first tournament victory since 2004, the Mississippi State women’s golf team was chosen the national team of the week. Ginger Brown-Lemm’s squad won the MSU-hosted Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational by 21 strokes after firing a program-best 20-under-par 844 final score at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point. The Bulldogs capped the impressive performance by firing a school-record 13-under-par 275 final round. “It is an honor that our hard work and performance in our home event is being acknowledged,” MSU head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “GolfWeek is a respected publication, and we are pleased that our progress as a program is catching their eye. We are thrilled, but have a lot of work left to do.” Ally McDonald won the individual championship medal by posting a 9-under-par 207 that came within one shot of tying her school record set at last season’s NCAA Central Regional. The all-American finished one shot ahead of teammate Jessica Peng, who notched the lowest tournament score ever by a Bulldog freshman with an 8-under 208. MSU returns to action Monday, Oct. 13, as it travels to Brown-Lemm’s alma mater, the University of Texas, to participate in the Betsy Rawls Invitational. Updates will be provided on the Mississippi State women’s golf Twitter account, @HailStateWG, and Facebook page, Follow live scoring at
College Schedule All Times EDT (Subject to change) Thursday’s Games SOUTH Rutgers at Louisville, 7:30 p.m. SC State at NC Central, 7:30 p.m. E. Illinois at Austin Peay, 8 p.m. UT-Martin at Tennessee Tech, 8 p.m. FAR WEST San Diego St. at Air Force, 9 p.m. Arizona at Southern Cal, 10:30 p.m. Friday’s Games MIDWEST Temple at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m.
Moore walks on with MSU hoops
Former Northwest Community College guard Tevin Moore has walked on at Mississippi State University and will be the first Ranger to play at a Southeastern Conference school since 1998-99. A native of Olive Branch, Moore redshirted at Northwest in 2010-11 and played two seasons for the Rangers from 2011-13. He helped Northwest to a combined 31-20 record in his two years and back-to-back state and region tournament appearances. In 49 career games played (22 starts), Moore averaged 4.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists-per-game. He averaged 17.3 minutes-per-game and shot 38 percent from the floor and 56 percent from the free throw line. Moore came to Northwest from Olive Branch High School where he was a McDonald’s All-American and named Best of the Preps for head coach Nick Coln. His team boasted a 28-7 mark his senior year and he was a part of two district championships in 2009 and 2010. Moore was also named team MVP, best defensive player, best rebounder and all-district during his career.  The last Rangers to play at an SEC school were Marcus Hicks and LaTaryl Williams at Ole Miss.
Impersonators call about USC job
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Apparently even people who don’t work for Southern California are trying to hire the Trojans’ next football coach. USC athletic director Pat Haden said Monday that two people pretending to be representatives of his school have contacted two coaches and attempted to discuss the Trojans’ coaching vacancy with them. USC has identified the posers and is taking “appropriate action,” the school said in a blog post on its official website. The Trojans (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) fired Lane Kiffin on Sept. 29 and installed Ed Orgeron as their interim coach while Haden looks for a new leader for one of the nation’s highestprofile programs. Haden said somebody pretending to be a USC official repeatedly tried to speak to an unnamed member of the Denver Broncos’ coaching staff about the opening. Jack Del Rio, the Broncos’ defensive coordinator and the former Jacksonville head coach, is a former USC linebacker who has been linked to the job before Kiffin was hired and after he was fired. Another phony school representative contacted Tony Dungy, the former Tampa Bay and Indianapolis coach. Dungy talked about his apparent contact with USC on a national radio show Monday, saying he turned down the representative and outlining what the Trojans need in a new coach. Dungy later tweeted that he had been misled by “someone acting on their own.” He apologized to Haden for the mixup. “Tony’s discussion on the radio today of being contacted by USC was a complete surprise to us,” Haden said. “So were the calls made to the Broncos. I can assure you no authorized representative of USC or our athletic department made these calls.”
Saturday’s Games EAST South Florida at UConn, Noon E. Michigan at Army, Noon Lehigh at Columbia, Noon Albany (NY) at Delaware, Noon Rhode Island at New Hampshire, Noon Monmouth (NJ) at St. Francis (Pa.), Noon Harvard at Cornell, 12:30 p.m. Brown at Bryant, 1 p.m. Holy Cross at Bucknell, 1 p.m. Fordham at Georgetown, 1 p.m. Lafayette at Princeton, 1 p.m. CCSU at Sacred Heart, 1 p.m. Wagner at Duquesne, 1:10 p.m. Yale at Dartmouth, 1:30 p.m. Miami (Ohio) at UMass, 3 p.m. Michigan at Penn St., 5 p.m. Stony Brook at Colgate, 6 p.m. Others receiving votes: Auburn 61, Villanova at Towson, 7 p.m. Notre Dame 50, Nebraska 35, Wisconsin SOUTH 29, Michigan St. 16, UCF 7, Arizona St. 3, Missouri at Georgia, Noon Mississippi 3, Rutgers 2. Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech, Noon NC Pembroke at Charlotte, Noon USA Today Top 25 Valparaiso at Mercer, Noon Navy at Duke, 12:30 p.m. The USA Today Top 25 football coaches Drake at Davidson, 1 p.m. poll, with first-place votes in parenthe- The Citadel at Georgia Southern, 1 p.m. ses, records through Oct. 5, total points Bethune-Cookman at Howard, 1 p.m. based on 25 points for first place through Dayton at Stetson, 1 p.m. one point for 25th, and previous ranking: Charleston Southern at VMI, 1:30 p.m. Elon at Wofford, 1:30 p.m. Record Pts Pvs Prairie View at Alabama St., 2 p.m. 1. Alabama (57) 5-0 1,544 1 W. Carolina at Auburn, 2 p.m. 2. Oregon (4) 5-0 1,486 2 Norfolk St. at Delaware St., 2 p.m. 3. Ohio State 6-0 1,379 3 NC A&T at Hampton, 2 p.m. 4. Clemson (1) 5-0 1,356 4 Jackson St. at MVSU, 3 p.m. 5. Stanford 5-0 1,327 5 Samford at Appalachian St., 3:30 p.m. 6. Florida State 5-0 1,188 8 Boston College at Clemson, 3:30 p.m. 7. Georgia 4-1 1,130 6 Troy at Georgia St., 3:30 p.m. 8. Louisville 5-0 1,105 7 Richmond at James Madison, 3:30 p.m. 9. Texas A&M 4-1 1,067 9 Florida at LSU, 3:30 p.m. 10. Oklahoma 5-0 964 10 Virginia at Maryland, 3:30 p.m. 11. LSU 5-1 953 11 Syracuse at NC State, 3:30 p.m. 12. South Carolina 4-1 833 12 East Carolina at Tulane, 3:30 p.m. 13. UCLA 4-0 807 13 Penn at William & Mary, 3:30 p.m. 14. Miami (Fla.) 5-0 747 14 Grambling St. vs. Alcorn St. at Indianap15. Baylor 4-0 698 16 olis, 4 p.m. 16. Michigan 5-0 591 17 Tennessee St. at Jacksonville St., 4 p.m. 17. Florida 4-1 574 19 Northwestern St. at Nicholls St., 4 p.m. 18. Northwestern 4-1 393 15 Marshall at FAU, 5 p.m. 19. Washington 4-1 366 18 Furman at Chattanooga, 6 p.m. 20. Oklahoma State 4-1 350 20 Gardner-Webb at Coastal Carolina, 6 21. Texas Tech 5-0 336 22 p.m. 22. Fresno State 5-0 325 21 Florida A&M at Savannah St., 6 p.m. 23. Northern Illinois 5-0 169 23 Alabama at Kentucky, 7 p.m. 24. Nebraska 4-1 125 25 Alabama A&M at Southern U., 7 p.m. 25. Virginia Tech 5-1 97 NR UAB at FIU, 7:30 p.m. Bowling Green at Mississippi St., 7:30 Others receiving votes: Missouri 86; p.m. Notre Dame 58; Wisconsin 29; Michigan Stephen F. Austin at SE Louisiana, 8 p.m. State 16; Auburn 11; Central Florida 11; Texas A&M at Mississippi, 8:30 p.m. Oregon State 8; Rutgers 8; Arizona 4; MIDWEST Arizona State 4; Ball State 3; Brigham Nebraska at Purdue, Noon Young 2. Indiana at Michigan St., Noon
Campbell at Butler, 1 p.m. Missouri St. at N. Dakota St., 2 p.m. Cent. Michigan at Ohio, 2 p.m. Murray St. at SE Missouri, 2 p.m. Indiana St. at South Dakota, 2 p.m. Buffalo at W. Michigan, 2 p.m. Kent St. at Ball St., 3 p.m. Baylor at Kansas St., 3:30 p.m. E. Washington at North Dakota, 3:30 p.m. Northwestern at Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. S. Dakota St. at W. Illinois, 4 p.m. Akron at N. Illinois, 5 p.m. S. Illinois at N. Iowa, 5 p.m. Illinois St. at Youngstown St., 7 p.m. SOUTHWEST Memphis at Houston, Noon Texas vs. Oklahoma at Dallas, Noon Kansas at TCU, Noon Iowa St. at Texas Tech, Noon South Carolina at Arkansas, 12:21 p.m. Lamar at Sam Houston St., 3 p.m. Rice at UTSA, 4 p.m. Texas Southern at Ark.-Pine Bluff, 7 p.m. Idaho at Arkansas St., 7 p.m. Middle Tennessee at North Texas, 7 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at Texas St., 7 p.m. Tulsa at UTEP, 8 p.m. FAR WEST San Jose St. at Colorado St., 3:30 p.m. New Mexico at Wyoming, 3:30 p.m. Oregon at Washington, 4 p.m. Portland St. at S. Utah, 4:05 p.m. Marist at San Diego, 5 p.m. N. Colorado at Idaho St., 5:05 p.m. Stanford at Utah, 6 p.m. Georgia Tech at BYU, 7 p.m. Montana at UC Davis, 7 p.m. Hawaii at UNLV, 8 p.m. Boise St. at Utah St., 8 p.m. Weber St. at Cal Poly, 9:05 p.m. N. Arizona at Sacramento St., 9:05 p.m. Colorado at Arizona St., 10 p.m. California at UCLA, 10:30 p.m. Oregon St. at Washington St., 10:30 p.m. National Football League All Times EDT AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA New England 4 1 0 .800 95 70 Miami 3 2 0 .600 114 117 N.Y. Jets 2 2 0 .500 68 88 Buffalo 2 3 0 .400 112 130 South W L T Pct PF PA Indianapolis 4 1 0 .800 139 79 Tennessee 3 2 0 .600 115 95 Houston 2 3 0 .400 93 139 Jacksonville 0 5 0 .000 51 163 North W L T Pct PF PA Baltimore 3 2 0 .600 117 110 Cleveland 3 2 0 .600 101 94 Cincinnati 3 2 0 .600 94 87 Pittsburgh 0 4 0 .000 69 110 West W L T Pct PF PA Denver 5 0 0 1.000 230 139 Kansas City 5 0 0 1.000 128 58 Oakland 2 3 0 .400 98 108 San Diego 2 3 0 .400 125 129 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA Philadelphia 2 3 0 .400 135 159 Dallas 2 3 0 .400 152 136 Washington 1 3 0 .250 91 112 N.Y. Giants 0 5 0 .000 82 182 South W L T Pct PF PA
Sunday, Oct. 13 Carolina at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Oakland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. St. Louis at Houston, 1 p.m. Green Bay at Baltimore, 1 p.m. Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Pittsburgh at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Cincinnati at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Detroit at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. Jacksonville at Denver, 4:05 p.m. Arizona at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. New Orleans at New England, 4:25 p.m. Washington at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Open: Atlanta, Miami Monday, Oct. 14 Indianapolis at San Diego, 8:40 p.m. Major League Baseball Postseason Glance All Times EDT WILD CARD Tuesday, Oct. 1: NL: Pittsburgh 6, Cincinnati 2 Wednesday, Oct. 2: AL: Tampa Bay 4, Cleveland 0
DIVISION SERIES (Best-of-5; x-if necessary) American League Boston 2, Tampa Bay 1 Friday, Oct. 4: Boston 12, Tampa Bay 2 Saturday, Oct. 5: Boston 7, Tampa Bay 4 Monday, Oct. 7: Tampa Bay 5, Boston 4 Tuesday, Oct. 8: Boston (Peavy 12-5) at Tampa Bay (Hellickson 12-10), 8:37 p.m. (TBS) x-Thursday, Oct. 10: Tampa Bay at Boston, 8:07 p.m. (TBS) Oakland 2, Detroit 1 Friday, Oct. 4: Detroit 3, Oakland 2 Saturday, Oct. 5: Oakland 1, Detroit 0 Monday, Oct. 7: Oakland 6, Detroit 3 Tuesday, Oct. 8: Oakland (Straily 10-8) at Detroit (Fister 14-9), 5:07 p.m. (TBS) x-Thursday, Oct. 10: Detroit (Scherzer 213) at Oakland, 9:07 p.m. (TBS)
National League Pittsburgh 2, St. Louis 2 Thursday, Oct. 3: St. Louis 9, Pittsburgh 1 Friday, Oct. 4: Pittsburgh 7, St. Louis 1 Sunday, Oct. 6: Pittsburgh 5, St. Louis 3 Monday, Oct. 7: St. Louis 2, Pittsburgh 1 Wednesday Oct. 9: Pittsburgh (Cole 10-7) at St. Louis (TBA), 5:07 p.m. (TBS) Los Angeles 2, Atlanta 1 Thursday, Oct. 3: Los Angeles 6, Atlanta 1 Friday, Oct. 4: Atlanta 4, Los Angeles 3 Sunday, Oct. 6: Los Angeles 13, Atlanta 6 Monday, Oct. 7: Atlanta (Garcia 4-7) at Los Angeles (Kershaw 16-9), late x-Wednesday Oct. 9: Los Angeles at Atlanta, 8:37 p.m. (TBS)
LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (Best-of-7; x-if necessary) American League All games televised by Fox Saturday, Oct. 12: Oakland-Detroit winner at Boston or Tampa Bay at OaklandDetroit winner Sunday, Oct. 13: Oakland-Detroit winner at Boston or Tampa Bay at Oakland-Detroit winner Tuesday, Oct. 15: Boston at OaklandDetroit winner or Oakland-Detroit winner at Tampa Bay Wednesday, Oct. 16: Boston at OaklandDetroit winner or Oakland-Detroit winner at Tampa Bay
National Football League
Chargers play poorly in loss to Raiders
By BERNIE WILSON Associated Press SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Chargers were beaten and beaten up in a mostly miserable performance in a 27-17 loss at Oakland on Sunday night. Philip Rivers threw three interceptions, the Chargers lost two fumbles, and running back Ryan Mathews sustained a concussion and outside linebacker Jarret Johnson injured a hamstring. The Chargers fell apart a week after rallying to beat the Dallas Cowboys 31-20. They never had the lead and are tied for last in the AFC West with the Raiders at 2-3. Denver and Kansas City are tied for the lead at 5-0. "It's unfortunate. Last night, we picked a bad night to have a bad night," rookie coach Mike McCoy said. "It doesn't matter what level you're at, when you turn the ball over five times, it's tough to win games." The Chargers might be in for another prime-time embarrassment. They must sell more than 10,000 tickets to lift the local TV blackout of next Monday night's game against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts (4-1). Besides the turnovers, there were plenty of plays to second-guess. With the Chargers trailing 14-0, running back Danny Woodhead was stuffed on fourth-and-goal from the 1 early in the second quarter. Rivers had the option to throw on that play and should have, McCoy said. On the previous play, tight end Antonio Gates couldn't hang onto Rivers' pass. Oakland had to punt, but Eddie Royal fumbled it and the Raiders recovered to set up Sebastian Janikowski's 47-yard field
goal for a 17-0 lead. Terrelle Pryor made big plays for the Raiders. One play after Rivers was intercepted to end San Diego's first possession, Pryor burned the Chargers' defense on a 44-yard touchdown pass to Rod Streater. With Oakland leading 24-17 midway through the fourth quarter, Pryor turned a potential sack into a 20-yard completion to Brice Butler on third-and-14 to set up Janikowski's 50-yard field goal. "Getting down 17-0, we were facing an uphill battle the whole time," McCoy said. "Just way too many mistakes overall for the football team, from the first drive offensively, with an interception and a big play on defense that we gave up early in the game to get down. We struggled early. The Chargers had chances late, but defensive end Kendall Reyes failed to corral a fumble and Rivers was intercepted twice.
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Cards edge Pirates 2-1 with Wacha
By WILL GRAVES Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Michael Wacha heard the chants. Then again, when 40,000 people clad in black scream your name relentlessly for the better part of three hours, it's kind of hard to miss. The goal was to rattle the St. Louis rookie, remind him that 22-year-old pitchers aren't built to withstand the pressure of an elimination game. One problem. Wacha doesn't really do rattled. He doesn't do pressure, either. The louder PNC Park grew, the more unhittable Wacha became. "I kind of like it," Wacha said. "It kind of gives me adrenaline. I kind of use it in my favor." And the Pittsburgh Pirates — not to mention anyone else he might face in the postseason — "kind of" need to get used to it. Wacha took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and the Cardinals showed off their October poise, edging the Pirates 2-1 Monday to force a winner-take-all Game 5 in the NL division series. St. Louis is 7-1 over the last three years with its season on the line. "I think you take high talent and high character people that are motivated and support each other, and they don't give up," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "That's a tough combination." One the Pirates are still trying to master. Pedro Alvarez hit his third home run of the series, connecting with one out in the eighth for Pittsburgh's only hit in Game 4. It wasn't enough for the Pirates to advance to the NL championship series for the first time in 21 years. "I guess that's why we play five," star center fielder Andrew McCutchen said. "We'll be ready for the fifth one." The Pirates weren't quite ready for the fourth one, not with the way Wacha was dealing. He walked two and struck out nine before giving way to the bullpen in the eighth. Matt Holliday's two-run homer off Charlie Morton in the sixth was all the offense required on a day the Cardinals tossed the first one-hitter in the club's lengthy postseason history. Trevor Rosenthal worked around a two-out walk in the ninth, retiring McCutchen on a popup to shallow center field for his first postseason save. "It was a good pitch for him," McCutchen said. "I wish it got a little more of the barrel. It would have been a great story." Instead, a taut series will head back to Busch Stadium. Game 5 will be Wednesday, with ace Adam Wainwright starting for the NL Central champion Cardinals and rookie Gerrit Cole going for the wild-card Pirates. Both pitchers won last week in the NLDS.
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. (Photo by Gene J. Puskar, AP) The Cardinals finished with only three hits, and that was enough. Holliday got two of them, including his homer in the sixth after Morton walked big-hitting Carlos Beltran to start the inning. "You could go back and look at pitches over and over again and second guess yourself," Morton said. "I don't know where that pitch was. It was outer third somewhere, thigh-down and he went out and got it, he's strong." So was the 6-foot-6 kid on the one, the one barely a year removed from a standout college career at Texas A&M. Wacha didn't permit a runner until walking Russell Martin leading off the sixth. Wacha nearly no-hit the Washington Nationals in his last start on Sept. 24, surrendering only an infield single by Ryan Zimmerman with two outs in the ninth. Working so quickly the Pirates never had time to get settled, he breezed through Pittsburgh's revamped lineup like he was in extended spring training. Mixing his fastball and changeup masterfully, Wacha overwhelmed the Pirates from the moment he stepped onto the mound. Alvarez got the fans at PNC Park roaring with his homer, and Wacha followed by walking Martin on four pitches. Carlos Martinez relieved and Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina made a key play, throwing out pinch-runner Josh Harrison after a botched hit-and-run attempt. Martinez struck out Jose Tabata to end the eighth, and Rosenthal took over to begin the ninth. Neil Walker drew a
two-out walk before McCutchen made the final out. "That's what it's all about," Rosenthal said. "That's what you dream of, you dream of two outs in the bottom of the ninth, you know ... bases loaded, the best hitter up, and getting out of that spot." One the Cardinals rarely found themselves in on a day Wacha showed he's just a big a part of his team's present as he is its megawatt future. McCutchen came into the game hitting .538 in the postseason but looked at a 97 mph fastball for strike three in the first. Marlon Byrd, Pittsburgh's most consistent player since being acquired from the Mets in late August, watched a full-count heater in the second that sent him walking back to the dugout in disbelief. It was a look repeated time and again by Byrd and the rest of his baffled teammates. Wacha struck out five of the first seven batters. "He went out and hit his spots and it seemed like everything we were hitting, we were just missing, just missing," McCutchen said. Martin remained Pittsburgh's lone baserunner until the eighth. Wacha fell behind 3-1 and Alvarez hit a 93 mph fastball at the knees onto the concourse in right-center. The jolt, however, faded when Molina nailed Harrison at second minutes later to set up a 24th — and final — meeting between two teams that have been shadowing each other all summer and into the fall.
A’s use pitching, power to beat Tigers
By NOAH TRISTER Associated Press DETROIT — The Oakland Athletics have beaten Detroit with both pitching and power. And that's left the Tigers on the brink of elimination — and simmering with frustration. Brandon Moss, Josh Reddick and Seth Smith homered for the Athletics, who chased Anibal Sanchez in the fifth inning Monday and defeated the Tigers 6-3 for a 2-1 AL division series lead. Moss broke a 3-all tie in the fifth with a solo shot, and Smith's two-run drive later in the inning ended Sanchez's day. It was an impressive offensive show after the teams split two taut, low-scoring games in Oakland. This one got a little tense in the ninth, too, when A's closer Grant Balfour and Detroit hitter Victor Martinez started shouting at each other after a foul ball, causing benches and bullpens to empty. "I don't know what happened. Honestly, I know that Balfour is fiery on the mound — he's yelling a lot and spitting everywhere," Moss said. "It's who he is. You know, sometimes it can ruffle the feathers of other teams." The A's aren't worried about making friends, especially after losing to the Tigers in a five-game division series last year. Oakland can close out this series today and reach the AL championship series for the first time since 2006 — when the Athletics were swept by the Tigers. Oakland Athletics' Josh Reddick hits the baseball during Oakland will send rookie Dan Straily to the first inning of Monday's game. (Photo by Paul Sancya, the mound against Detroit's Doug Fister. AP) "There's no tricks. We've got to win the game tomorrow to try to extend it to Game 5. It's that simple," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "We ran into another situation where we didn't put enough runs on the board and an excellent starting pitcher didn't have a very good day." Sanchez, the American League's ERA leader, allowed six runs — five earned — and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings. Smith has homered off Sanchez more than any other player, having now done it twice in the regular season and twice in the playoffs. There was activity in the Detroit bullpen before Smith's homer Monday, and he made the Tigers pay for sticking with the struggling Sanchez. "Sometimes he starts out a little slow, you figure he's going to get it going," Leyland said. "Today he just really didn't get it going. He made a couple of real bad pitches the last inning he was out there to Moss and Smith." Jarrod Parker gave up three runs in five innings for Oakland, and the Tigers couldn't rally against the bullpen. Balfour pitched a hitless ninth for the save. Martinez had just hit a foul ball when he started looking back at Balfour, who yelled something at the designated hitter. Martinez started slowly toward the mound, and players from both teams came running out. The situation eventually calmed and no players were ejected. Plate umpire Gary Darling said warnings were sufficient. "I said, 'Why you staring me down like that?'" Balfour said. "He was staring me down. He knew what he was doing." Martinez said Balfour threw in a profan-
ity when he yelled toward the plate. "I'm not a rookie. I'm a veteran, and I'm a leader on my teams. I don't take that," Martinez said while including a few profane words of his own during his explanation. "He can't intimidate me." When he was with Tampa Bay, Balfour was involved in a testy exchange with Chicago's Orlando Cabrera in a division series game against the White Sox in 2008. There also was some mild bad blood between the Tigers and A's last year, when Detroit reliever Al Alburquerque kissed the ball after fielding a comebacker and Oakland took exception. Oakland lost the opener in this series before evening it with a 1-0 win in Game 2. That victory came in a pitchers' duel between Oakland's Sonny Gray and Detroit's Justin Verlander, and with Sanchez set to start for the Tigers on Monday, it looked like the A's might need another brilliant performance on the mound from Parker. But they had Sanchez in trouble almost immediately, scoring a run in the third and two more in the fourth. Although the Tigers finally snapped out of their offensive funk with a three-run fourth, Sanchez couldn't keep the ball in the park. Moss hit a line drive over the wall in right to make it 4-3, and Smith's high fly carried over the fence in left-center. "With their whole staff, you're looking for a mistake and hope you capitalize on it," Smith said. "You will miss them sometimes, but fortunately for me, I was able to get the barrel to it." Coco Crisp had two doubles and a single for the A's.
Lobaton keeps Rays alive against Red Sox with home run
By FRED GOODALL Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays are still afloat in the AL division series. Jose Lobaton hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning into the giant fish tank beyond the center-field wall, and Tampa Bay staved off elimination once again by beating the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Monday night. The Rays cut Boston’s lead in the best-of-five series to 2-1. Game 4 is Tuesday night at Tropicana Field, with Jake Peavy starting for the Red Sox against Jeremy Hellickson. Tampa Bay took a win-or-go-home game for the fourth time in nine days. The Rays did it with an unlikely stroke as Lobaton, who came off the bench late in the game, connected against Red Sox closer Koji Uehara. “It’s unbelievable. It’s something you can’t explain,” Lobaton said. “We never give up. We’re going to keep fighting.” Back home after two weeks on the road, the Rays gave a sellout crowd of 33,675 little to cheer until Evan Longoria homered on his 28th birthday. Longoria’s three-run shot off Clay Buchholz with two outs in the fifth rallied Tampa Bay to a 3-all tie. Pinch-hitter Delmon Young, who has a penchant for driving home key runs in October, put the Rays ahead 4-3 with an RBI grounder in the eighth. The Red Sox tied it in the ninth against Rays closer Fernando Rodney. Dustin Pedroia’s RBI grounder made it 4-all. Rodney got the win when Lobaton homered to right-center, into the 10,000-gallon tank where cownose rays swim around. Uehara did not give up a home run in his final 37 regular-season appearances. The Rays won three must-win road games in three cities over four days just to get into the division series, so they felt good about their chances of coming back against the Red Sox. Especially with Alex Cobb on the mound. The right-hander beat Cleveland 4-0 in the AL wildcard game last Wednesday and has been one of the consistent pitchers in the majors since August
2012. The Red Sox were just as confident about the prospect of closing out the series. Buchholz, limited to 16 starts this season because of a neck strain that landed him on the disabled list for three months, beat the Rays twice this year while allowing no runs and five hits in 13 innings. He also entered his second career postseason appearance with a 2.26 ERA in nine career starts at Tropicana Field. Cobb settled down after a shaky first inning in which he gave up a leadoff single to Jacoby Ellsbury, hit a batter with a pitch and walked David Ortiz. But the Red Sox got only one run out of it, when second baseman Ben Zobrist made a throwing error while trying to turn a double play.
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by Jacqueline Bigar
ARIES (March 21-April 19) You know that you must participate and be willing to work with an associate, yet you have so many other thoughts going on in your mind. You would be well advised to follow through on one of your many ideas later in the day. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Do you feel bullied? That feeling is quite possible with today’s chaotic energy. You will choose to be kind and decide to view any issues that arise as a reflection of the present confusion. A partner could want your time. Listen. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Dive into a project quickly. You can accomplish a lot -- and efficiently at that. You suddenly could be distracted by a fun event later in the day. Feel free to join in! You’ll be able to get past a hassle, as long as you do not brood on it. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Listen to news carefully and reconsider your choices. What feels correct at this juncture might change again. Your creativity might be stifled right now. Be willing to go for what you want, as long as you’re 100 percent sure you want it. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You could make an important decision involving real-estate. You will gain confidence as a result, and you’ll also be willing to be less uptight about a domestic matter. Allow more creativity and fun into your life on a regular basis. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Use the daytime hours to pursue an interest, but know that it could involve starting a difficult conversation. The other party might seem closed down, but the recent distance is a reflection of your attitude. A partner will change his or her tune. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Work with someone directly, and know that you might have to say “no” to him or her. You could find this person to be difficult to co-exist with. Communication will excel by late afternoon. A partner could surprise you with a reversal. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You have the ability to open up a conversation, but it is crucial that you drop your defenses. If you want to discuss a change, you too must be willing to make more of an effort. Your nerves could be fried by an unexpected development. Just handle it. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You have the ability to move past a problem. You also see someone more clearly than he or she sees him- or herself. Do not put yourself in the position of having to make a decision. Unexpected developments could force you back to square one. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Use the morning to the max, when you feel as if you could conqueror your immediate domain, if not the world. True to form, you will hit an obstacle or two that will force your hand. By the afternoon, you will need a break. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) The pressure is on, and you’ll deal remarkably well with a sudden change. In fact, you might enjoy it more than others realize. You can be very tenacious when you need to be, especially as others seem to head in a different direction.
on This Day...
October 8, 1973
Handling $3,000 worth of sales each day in the world’s largest retail film store may sound like a great responsibility for a 20-year-old college sophomore. But it was all in a day’s work for Marion Miller of Columbus, who was employed this past summer at the Disneyworld Main Camera Shop. “I specifically requested to work in the camera shop,” said Marion, a Mississippi State University social science major. “I’d had a course in photography in school and I wanted to try my knowledge out.” Marion also got a change to use her skill in speaking Spanish, as some 3,000 Latin Americans visited the Florida amusement center each day. “Just as it is the big thing for Americans to vacation in Europe, the South Americans all want to go to Disneyworld,” Marion said. “Since I’d had Spanish in high school and college, I was usually the one who got to try and communicate with the ones who spoke no English. It was a real challenge, but most of the time we understood each other.” Even though she was one of 14,000 workers, Marino never felt anonymous. “Everybody, from the V.I.P.’s on down to the summer workers wore nametags. We were supposed to call each person by his or her first name,” said Marion. “That wasn’t easy for me at first, I was so used to using ‘mister’ and ‘misses’ when talking to people older than me.” Most of the other summer employees were college students, also, and it was easy to make friends, according to Marion. “Somebody was having a party just about every night, and they were all open. Usually they were posted on the bulletin board in the dressing room!” she said. The official dress for the Disney female employees in the Main Street section where Marion worked consisted of long red skirts, red and white striped shirts, and big white bows. “Our costumes weren’t the half of it, either. There is a whole Disney image we were supposed to conform to. Not just clean-cut, but whatever the public wanted - no fingernail polish, little or no makeup, and plenty of Pixie Dust,” she explained. Pixie Dust, a term derived from the magic substance spread by the Fairy Tinkerbelle in PETER PAN, is used by Disney employees to mean the spirit of happy times that permeates the mammoth corporation. “You could spot somebody with Pixie Dust a mile away,” said Marion, “happy people who believed in the Disney Philosophy of showing people the time of their lives.”
1. Each row and column must contain the numbers 1 through 9 without repeating. 2. The numbers within the heavily outlined set of squares, called cages, must combine (in any order) to produce the target number in the top corner of the cage using the mathematical operation indicated. 3. Cages with just one box should be filled in with the target number in the top corner. A number can be repeated within a cage as long as it is not in the same row or column.
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Here’s How It Works:
To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box.
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National Basketball Association
S eason nears
Heat rotation largely intact
By TIM REYNOLDS Associated Press PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — There’s not a lot of mystery about what the Miami Heat rotation will look like this season. Such is life when basically an entire team from one season stays together, particularly when that team was good enough to win its second straight NBA championship. Those in this Heat training camp combined to play 95 percent of the minutes Miami logged last season, did 96 percent of the scoring, grabbed 94 percent of the rebounds, made 95 percent of the starts and posted 99 percent of the blocked shots. And those numbers — along with, well, common sense — clearly suggest that it might be a daunting task for someone new to crack an already-established championship rotation. “Obviously, our team has to evolve,” Heat forward and reigning NBA MVP LeBron James said after practice Wednesday, the midway point of Miami’s camp. “We can’t be the same team we were last year. I don’t think that’s good enough to win a championship. ... The sets and the way we defend will be the same, but there will be tweaks along the season that we feel like can help us more.” The Heat won 66 games last season, put together a 27-game winning streak and bring back every rotation player except Mike Miller, who was set free under the amnesty provision in a move that will save Miami roughly $40 million in salary-cap space and luxury-tax payments over the next two years. That doesn’t mean those who are back should necessarily feel resigned to the same role, though. “I don’t want them to feel that way,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We constantly talk about being better, within the confines of our team, whatever makes sense for us to try to get to another level. Our players have embraced that and it keeps a constant newness.” It’s not exactly guesswork to say that James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers are all etched into the starting lineup. Ray Allen, Chris Andersen, Shane Battier, Udonis Haslem and Norris Cole almost certainly will have rotation spots and one of them, probably either Battier or Haslem, will be starting. Barring some sort of per-
Former Mississippi State player Jarvis Varnado could figure in the Miami Heat plans this season. (Photo by J Pat Carter, AP) sonnel move, James Jones, Joel Anthony, Rashard Lewis and Greg Oden will have places on the roster as well. That’s 13 players. The Heat can only carry 15, and aren’t obligated to keep that many. So in essence, there’s seven other guys in camp fighting for no more than two spots on the roster, which would then give them the chance to fight again for time in the rotation. “Everybody is always competing for something,” said veteran guard Roger Mason Jr., one of those guys in camp trying to win a spot with the Heat. “Competition is part of being a professional. So I embrace that.” Mason figures to have a big chance of sticking around, particularly since he would fill some of the void left by Miller and already has good relationships with many Heat players. Former Mississippi State player Jarvis Varnado was on the Heat roster last year and certainly wouldn’t surprise anyone by being back this time, and Michael Beasley is getting a chance to resurrect his career in Miami, the place it started five years ago.
Starkville native Travis Outlaw (25) of the Sacramento Kings jokes with teammate DeMarcus Cousins recently. Outlaw and the Kings open the season at home against the Denver Nuggets on Oct. 30. (Photo by Rich Pedroncelli, AP)
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pects all his players to be available minus those out for the season. Several Bulldogs have suffered injuries and been banged up this season. Against LSU, offensive lineman Blaine Clausell and Ben Beck-
with both were helped off the field. Cornerback Jamerson Love left at the beginning of the fourth quarter and never returned. “We expect everybody to play this week, but we’ll see,” Mullen said. “As the week goes on, there will be a lot of guys limited in practice. Nobody new has been ruled out for the game on Saturday yet.”
Starkville Academy junior Alex Bedwell sizes up a putt. (Photo courtesy of Mary Adele Rackley)
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team, Bedwell has consistently honed his skills over the last few years. “(In) those last few tournaments, he was pretty much our low scorer and he played a lot this summer,” Alexander said. “To win that club championship at his age is a pretty big accomplishment. The course is set up tough. He really hasn’t been playing that much so when I heard that, I was very proud.” Bedwell may be one of the top golfers for the Volunteers and in the area, but what it is shocking is like Alexander said, Bedwell has only been playing golf a relatively short
amount of time. In fact, it was not until he moved to Starkville that he really got into the sport. “Going into my 7th grade year is when I really started,” Bedwell said. “My dad played when we were in Jackson, then he started playing here and I just started playing with him.” It may have taken a little while for him to get a club in his hand, but watching players like Dusting Johnson, Adam Scott and Tiger Woods, the junior has some pretty good examples to follow. Bedwell’s coach is hoping to see the lessons learned from watching others and from the success this past weekend carry right over into the upcom-
ing Vols season. “It can only help your confidence,” Alexander said. “Alex is very competitive and he can carry that over into our season. He is one of three guys that we have coming back that we are leaning heavily on.” Sure the success helps, but it is the competitiveness that keeps Bedwell returning to the course and fans better not look for Bedwell to put down his clubs anytime soon. “One of the reasons I play golf is the competition,” Bedwell said. “It’s on you. When you play football, there are 11 guys. You may do your part, but you might still lose. If I mess up in golf, it is my fault. It is all on me.”
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