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Some citizens still wait for trash bags
By ZACK PLAIR New Year’s Day has come and gone, and Letha Nelson still doesn’t have her garbage bags. The city of Starkville typically provides residents with garbage bags twice per year — in the spring and fall — but Nelson said the city hasn’t brought any to her Pecan Acres residence in almost a year. “If you don’t have any, you have to go buy some yourself,” Nelson said. “I just wonder why we didn’t get them when we were supposed to.” Starkville residents were supposed to get their bags in October, according to City Director of Finance and Sanitation and Environmental Services acting director Taylor Adams, but major changes in the distribution plan caused a barrage of hiccups that delayed distribution for more than two months. He said distribution began in mid-December, and all residents should have their bags by week’s end. Then, he said they should have enough bags to last until fall. The city, Adams said, has provided garbage bags to citizens as a free service since at least the late 1990s. He said the fall delay came mainly from department head Emma Gandy soliciting a single bid for all the year’s garbage bags,
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rather than breaking it into two bids for spring and fall distribution. She planned for only one distribution during fiscal year 2014, which ends Sept. 30. Central Poly received the contract with the low bid of $129,000 for 13,000 black garbage bags and 2,000 green recycling bags. Though the plan aimed to save the city shipping and labor costs, increasing the number of bags on each roll to 104 caused delays because Central Poly had to ship the order in larger containers. Further, Gandy did not seek Board of Aldermen approval for the change. In fact, some on the board, including Ward 2 Alderman Lisa Wynn, said they didn’t know about the planned change to one annual distribution until December, when the bags were already two months late. “Many of our residents have received their garbage bags at this time,” Wynn said. “If they haven’t, they need to contact our sanitation department for delivery. Our residents should note that these will be the only bags they will receive for a year.” Adams said he could not quantify the estimated savings Starkville residents have only recently begun receiving garbage bags the for the change, but noted most of it would be in labor sanitation and environmental services department usually distributes in the fall. costs. The department has also scaled back to one annual garbage bag distribution “We use our own labor to distribute the bags,” Adams — rather than distributions in spring and fall — and has doubled the number of bags given to each household to accommodate the change. (Photo by Zack See GARBAGE | Page 3 Plair, SDN)
Some inmates, 1 guard injured in prison fight
From Wire Reports
Ivan and Teela Parker welcomed their New Year’s Day baby boy, Issacah I’ziajhn Parker, at 9:31a.m. Wednesday. Issacah came more than a week early, with a due date of Jan. 11, weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces and was 19 inches long. He has a proud big brother, I’Marrion Parker (5), and big sister, Sa’ny’hia Parker (4). (Submitted photo)
WALNUT GROVE — Officials with a prison management company and the Mississippi Department of Corrections are investigating a disturbance at a facility in Walnut Grove in Leake County. Issa Arnita, corporate communications director for Management and Training Corporation, says a fight broke out about 7 p.m. Tuesday in one of the housing units. Arnita says one correctional officer suffered minor injuries as did several inmates. University of Mississippi Medical Center spokesman Jack Mazurak says eight patients came in to the hospital from Walnut Grove. He says four were treated and released, four were admitted. No other details were released. Arnita says the prison is on lockdown. Arnita says the incident may be gang-related. Investigators will review video footage of the incident. Walnut Grove opened in 2001 and can house 1,461 inmates.
Bryant pushing for welfare drug testing
By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON — Republican Phil Bryant is starting his third year as Mississippi governor, and he says he wants to make public safety the top focus of the 2014 legislative session, which begins at noon Tuesday. He wants to train more state troopers and create “strike force” groups to help local law enforcement officers in areas where mayors or county supervisors say there are problems with gangs, drugs or violent crime. During an interview with The Associated Press, Bryant also said he remains firmly opposed to Medicaid expansion, which is an option under the federal health overhaul that President Barack Obama signed into law. He said he wants to expand community health centers as a way to provide primary care and deter people from going to emergency rooms for routine medical services. Bryant also said he wants to require drug testing for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, a government program that provides money to low-income families with children up to age 18. Similar proposals have gained little traction in recent years. Utah started a drug-testing program for welfare recipients in 2012. A state agency found that the state spent $30,000 the first year and found 12 people who tested positive for drug use. Bryant said he believes Mississippi would run a program for a similar amount of money. The Mississippi Department of Human Services annual report says that for the 2013 budget year, which ended June 30, the average monthly payment to a family receiving TANF was $140, while the average payment to an individual was $67. The report said that in June, 9,563 families received TANF payments. Here are excerpts from the interview, which took place in the governor’s Capitol office: AP: Your plan to expand community health centers could help provide more primary care coverage, but it wouldn’t cover hospitalization. Expanding Medicaid could help cover hospital expenses for some people who are currently uninsured. Bryant: “For us to enter into an expansion program would be a fool’s errand. I mean, here we would be saying to 300,000 Mississippians, ‘We’re going to provide Medicaid coverage to you,’ and then the federal government through Congress or through the Senate, would do away with or alter the Affordable Care Act, and then we have no way to pay that. We have no way to continue the coverage.” AP: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who’s also a Republican, used to oppose Medicaid expansion but ended up pushing it through the Legislature there by saying that rejecting expansion would cause financial harm to hospitals and others who give uncompensated care. Have you thought about changing your mind here? Bryant: “I don’t question Jan Brewer’s logic. She can do what she wants to do in Arizona. But I don’t believe you ever turn that back. I think she is
In this Dec. 18 photograph, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant speaks during an exclusive prelegislative session interview with The Associated Press at his office in the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Bryant says he wants to make public safety the top focus of the 2014 legislative session, which begins at noon Tuesday, Jan. 7. (Photo by Rogelio V. Solis, AP)
going to bear the burden of those costs if that does on the program are disproportionately troubled occur. I wish her well with that. We just disagree by drug problems, compared with the rest of the population? on that.” AP: You mentioned drug testing for TANF recipients. Is there some reason to believe people See BRYANT | Page 3
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u NSDAR — The NSDAR Hic-A-Sha-Ba-Ha Chapter monthly meeting will begin at 2 p.m. in the Renasant Bank Community Room. For more information call 323-5244.
u Noxubee Refuge Bird Walk — The Friends of Noxubee Refuge will hold a bird walk around Bluff Lake beginning at 10 a.m. at the Visitor Center. For more information call 323-5548.
u Taizé service — The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection will hold a Taizé service at 6 p.m. Contemplative and ecumenical in nature, the candlelight service includes 40 minutes of singing, prayers, readings and silence. Please bring one item for food pantry donation if possible. Casual attire. For more information contact Julia Heard at 3381855 or joolatoola@gmail. com. u OCMA First Sunday Service — The Oktibbeha County Ministerial Alliance’s First Sunday Community Fellowship Worship Service will be at 6:30 p.m. held in the Pine Grove M.B. Church located at 1090 Bluff Lake Rd.
u ABE/GED Classes — ABE/GED classes are offered from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays at the J.L. King Center. For more information contact 324-6913. 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 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 Thursday. There are stories, activities, and crafts for kids six and under. The event is free. u Samaritan Club cheese — The Starkville Samaritan Club is selling mild, sharp, extra-sharp and round cheese. Cheese may be purchased at any of the following businesses in Starkville: John McMurray Accounting, 320 University Drive, Nationwide Insurance, 520 University Drive, or CB&S Bank at the corner of highways 12 and 25. Cheese may also be purchased from any Samaritan Club member. Contact Hall Fuller at 662-323-1338, John McMurray Jr. at 662-3233890, Margaret Prisock at 662324-4864, or Charlie Smith at 662-324-2989. 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 u Dulcimer and More Society — The Dulcimer & More Society will meet from 6:15-8 p.m. every first, second, fourth and fifth Thursday in the Starkville Sportsplex activities room and play at 3 p.m. on the third Saturdays at the Carrington Nursing Home. 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 662-3236290. 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@gmail. com 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 can donate as little as one hour per participant and include all per week or more. For more information, call Carly Wheat at necessary training materials. u GED classes — Emerson 662-615-1519 or email carly. Family School, 1504 Louis- u MSU Philharmonia — ville in Starkville, will offer free ABE/GED classes from 8 a.m. Pre-college musicians looking to 7 p.m. Monday through for a full orchestra experience Thursday and from 8 a.m. to are welcome to join MSU Philnoon on Friday. For more in- harmonia from 6-8 p.m. on formation call 662-320-4607. Mondays in the MSU Band u Writing group — The Hall at 72 Hardy Road. Wind Starkville Writer’s Group meets players must have high school the first and third Saturday of band experience and be able the month at 10 a.m. in the up- to read music, and junior and stairs area of the Bookmart and senior high school string playCafe in downtown Starkville. ers must be able to read muFor more information, contact sic with the ability to shift to Debra Wolf at dkwolf@cop- second and third positions. or call 662-323-8152. For more information, wind u Square dancing — Danc- players should contact Richard ing and instruction on basic Human at Richard.human@ steps every Monday 7-9 p.m. at or 662-325-8021, the Sportplex Annex, 405 Lynn and string players should conLane.  Enjoy learning with our tact Shandy Phillips at sp867@ caller and friendly help from or 662-325-3070. u Line dancing — The experienced dancers. Follow Starkville Sportsplex will host the covered walk to the small afternoon line dancing in its building.  Look us up on Faceactivities room. Beginners-1 book “Jolly Squares”. u Dance team applications Line dancing is held 11 a.m. — KMG Creations children to noon, and Beginners-2 Line dance company “The Dream dancing is held noon to 1 p.m. Team” is currently accepting For more information, call Lisa dance applications for the 4-6 at 662-323-2294. u Square dancing — This year old group and 10-18 year is fun for all age couples.  Enold group. For more informarollment for new dancers will tion, call 662-648-9333 or email danzexplosion@yahoo. close at the end of April and will open again in the fall. Encom. u Noontime devotional joy our new caller and friendly study — Join a group of inter- help from experienced dancdenominational ladies for lunch ers.  Dancing and instruction and discussion about the book on basic steps every Monday “Streams in the Desert” from 7-9 p.m. at the Sportsplex Annoon to 1 p.m. each Tues- nex, 405 Lynn Lane.  Follow day, starting Aug. 20 at the the covered walk to the small Book Mart Cafe in downtown building. u Hospice volunteer opStarkville. portunity — Gentiva Hospice u Quilting group meeting — The Golden Triangle Quilt is looking for dynamic volunGuild meets the third Thursday teers to join their team. Areas of each month at 5:30 p.m. at of service include home visits, the Starkville Sportsplex. All making phone calls, making interested quilters are invited crafts or baking for patients. to attend. For more informa- Volunteers can donate as little tion, call Luanne Blankenship as one hour per week or more. This is an opportunity to have at 662-323-7597. u Sanitation Department a wonderful impact on someschedules — A reminder of one’s life. Contact Carly Wheat, collection days for the City of manager of volunteer services, Starkville Sanitation and En- at 662-615-1519 or email carvironmental Services Depart- u Rule 62: Alcoholics ment. Schedule 1: Household Anonymous meetings — The garbage collection – Monday Rule 62 Group of Alcoholics and Thursday, rubbish collection – Monday only, recy- Anonymous meets at 10 a.m. cling collection - first and third Saturdays and at 7 p.m. TuesWednesday of each month; days at St. Joseph’s Catholic Schedule 2: Household gar- Church. Participants are enbage collection – Tuesday and couraged to use the office enFriday, rubbish collection – trance off the rear parking lot. Tuesday only, recycling col- Anyone with a desire to stop lection – second and fourth drinking is welcome to attend. Wednesday of each month. For more information, call Should there be five Wednes- 662-418-1843. u Al-Anon meeting — The days in a month, there will be Starkville group meets at 8 no collections of recyclables on the fifth Wednesday. Recycling p.m. Tuesdays upstairs at Episbags can only be picked up in copal Church of the ResurrecApril and October of each year. tion. Call 662-323-1692, 662For more information, visit 418-5535 or 601-663-5682. u Pregnancy and parent ing class — A series of classes or call 662-323-2652. are being held at Emerson u Senior Yoga — Trinity Family Center from 5:30-7:30 Presbyterian Church offers free senior yoga class at 9:30 a.m. p.m. every Tuesday through Tuesdays and Thursdays. The September. To register, call church is located at 607 Hospi- 662-320-4607. u Clothing ministry — tal Road in Starkville. u Veteran volunteering Rock Hill Clothing Ministry — Gentiva Hospice is looking will be opened every Tuesday, for veteran volunteers for its Thursday and Saturday from newly established “We Honor 8-11 a.m. The ministry is open Veterans” program. Volunteers to the public and is located
across the street from Rock Hill United Methodist Church at 4457 Rock Hill Road. For more information, contact Donna Poe at 662-323-8871 or 662-312-2935. u Celebrate Recovery — Fellowship Baptist Church hosts Celebrate Recovery every Tuesday at 1491 Frye Rd. in Starkville. A light meal starts at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:45 p.m. Child care services are provided. For more information and directions to the church, call 662-320-9988 or 662-295-0823. u Healing rooms — From 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Monday, Starkville Healing Rooms provide a loving, safe and confidential environment where you can come to receive healing prayer. No appointment necessary. Rooms are located upstairs in the Starkville Sportsplex located at 405 Lynn Lane in Starkville. For more information, call 662-418-5596 or email and visit http:// u Alcoholics Anonymous — The Starkville A.A. Group meets six days per week downstairs at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 3278941 or visit www.starkvilleaa. org for schedules and more information. u PEO Chapter N meeting — The PEO Chapter N meeting is held 9 a.m. the second Thursday of each month. PEO is an organization of women helping women reach for the stars. For more information about monthly meetings contact Bobbie Walton at 662-323-5108. u Senior Center activities — The Starkville Senior Enrichment Center on Miley Drive will host Party Bridge on Mondays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. Senior Game Day will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Stitching with Marie will be held Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with afternoon visiting following. For more information, call 662324-1965. u Alzheimer’s meetings — The Starkville Church of Christ (1107 East Lee Blvd.) will host the monthly meeting of the Alzheimer’s Support Group on each first Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to encourage and support caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s Syndrome. For more information, call 3231499. u Health workshops — A series of free workshops on health and fitness for all ages will be held on the first and third Mondays of each month at West Oktibbeha County High School at 39 Timberwolf Drive in Maben at 5 p.m. Call 662-242-7962. u Gentle Yoga — Gentle yoga will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church at 607 Hospital Road in Starkville. The course is free and tailored to beginners. u Community call-in prayer service — The Peter’s Rock Temple COGIC will sponsor a call-in prayer service for those in need on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon and Sundays 9-11 a.m. Leave your name, number and prayer request and the Prayer Team will contact you. Call 662-615-4001. u SLCE Cancer Support Group — The SCLE Cancer Support Group will meet every first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Second Baptist Church on 314 Yeates St. in Starkville. Call 662-323-8775 or 601-527-1553. u Project HELP — Project HELP with Family Centered Programs and the Starkville School District is a grant funded project that can assist “homeless” students in the district and provides school
uniforms, school supplies, personal hygiene items, and\or in-school tutoring. Call Mamie Guest or Cappe Hallberg at 662-324-2551. u PROJECT CLASS — PROJECT CLASS is seeking volunteers who wish to make a difference in the life of a young student by practicing reading and arithmetic with them in a one-on-one session for one hour per week. Call 662-3233322. u Sassy Sirens Game Day — On the first Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m., the Sassy Sirens will host a Game Day at the Senior Citizens Building “Fun House.” RSVP to Starkville Writer’s u Group — The Starkville Writers’ Group will meet on the first and third Saturday of each month at the Book Mart in downtown Starkville. Contact Stan Brown at u Brotherhood breakfast — Men and boys are welcome to attend a brotherhood breakfast at Austin Creek Church of Christ Holiness (USA) at 2298 Turkey Creek Rd. in Starkville every second Saturday of the month at 8 a.m. followed by yard work at 10 a.m. Attendees are asked to bring yard supplies. Officer elections will be held at the end of the year. Call Willie Thomas at 662-323-2748. u Casserole Kitchen — The Casserole Kitchen serves free meals to anyone in need from 6-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and lunch is served on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. All meals will be served in the Fellowship Hall (ground floor) of First Presbyterian Church in Starkville. Call 662-312-2175. u Free childbirth classes — To pre-register, call 3204607. Free childcare and snacks are provided. Space is limited. u Tutoring — New Century Mentoring & Tutoring Summer Program, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. For students pre-K through sixth grade. For more information, call 662-418 3930. Longview Baptist u Church — Longview Baptist Church, 991 Buckner St., Longview, has Sunday school at 10 a.m., morning worship at 11 a.m., discipleship training at 5:15 p.m., evening worship at 6 p.m. and Wednesday prayer meeting at 6:30 p.m. For more informatin, contact Pastor Larry W. Yarber at 662-769-4774, or email ynyministry@yahoo. com. u Beth-el M.B. Church — Beth-el MB Church,1766 MS Highway 182 West, Starkville, has morning worship at 8 and 10:45 a.m., Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., children’s church on second Sundays at 10:45 a.m., midmorning Bible study on Wednesday at 11 a.m. and a prayer meeting on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact 662-324-0071. u Volunteer Starkville — Have you been looking for the right volunteer opportunity for you? Or maybe you are a nonprofit organization needing help recruiting volunteers for your cause or event? We at Volunteer Starkville can help you find volunteer opportunities that match your interests and can assist your organization in your volunteer recruitment efforts at no cost.Contact us today by phone (662) 2682865 or email at, and be sure to visit our website at www. u Legacy Hospice of the South — Legacy Hospice of the South is looking for veterans in the area to work with veteran patients. The organization’s goal is to improve care
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Scavenging birds of prey near Vicksburg cemetery
By JOHN SURRATT The Vicksburg Post VICKSBURG — Every morning, Cedar Hill Cemetery resembles a scene from a horror movie. About 7:30 a.m., city employees opening the cemetery gates encounter vultures those birds most symbolically associated with death and cemeteries, roosting on headstones and crypts and trees. City sexton Venable Moore, who has managed the cemetery for 24 years, estimates more than 200 of the large birds hang around the cemetery, perched on cemetery fixtures and in the trees in and around the cemetery. About 20 years ago, he said the birds numbered about 35. No complaints of vultures attacking or harassing cemetery visitors to the cemetery have been gathered. Still, they are a nuisance, Moore and others said. “It’s very depressing for people attending a funeral to look up and see buzzards flying around,” said Joe Cronia, who has seen the birds while visiting the cemetery. “There is no more unpleasant sight for a funeral director than to go into a cemetery, especially with visitors from out of town, and see buzzards flying and in the trees,” said funeral director Charles Riles. “They can be scary.” Scavenging birds of prey near the cemetery have been chronicled before. A 2007 article in The Vicksburg Post noted turkey and black vultures in the cemetery were attracted by the bright flowers and decorations on the graves. It’s that attraction that makes the birds a major nuisance. The vultures tear up flowers and decorations families place on the graves, and the debris is scattered across the cemetery by the wind. “A vulture will look down and see something shiny on that flower, and think it’s something to eat,” Moore said. “It’ll land and start picking at it, and then another one will see it and land. The next thing you know, there’s a whole flock of ‘em tearing at the flowers.” “I’ve watched them,” Riles said. “They’ll take their beak and shred a flower like you would do it with a razor. They do the same thing with the artificial flowers, and those arrangements are expensive.” Riles and Moore said the vultures have been around the cemetery for years, coming in the fall, when the trees are bare, and leaving in the spring when trees begin to bud and warmer temperatures force them to head for a cooler climate. “They come when the trees lose their leaves and leave when the leaves grow back,” Moore said, “and we don’t see them again until the leaves fall.” At one time, he said, the vultures used to gather only in the northeast corner of the cemetery. “Now, they’re all over,” he said. There’s a water tank in the eastern part of the city near the Vicksburg National Military Park. “They roost over there at night and then
2 taken into custody in trailer near Bolton
From Wire Reports BOLTON — Mississippi authorities some of the equipment recovered this week in western Hinds County was stolen locally but most of it came from Louisiana. Hinds County Chief Deputy Chris Picou says two people are in custody after deputies on Monday found two backhoes, a four-wheeler, several trucks and other recently stolen batteries, tools and diesel tanks on property near Bolton.
Picou says Christina Jeanne Thornton of Newellton, La., and Charles Seth Alexander of Timpson, Texas, are each charged with felony receiving stolen property. They are being held without bond in the Hinds County jail pending an initial court appearance. Picou says one of the backhoe had been stolen from a water association in Mound, La., along with a truck that also belonged to the association. Picou says the investigation is continuing.
fly over here in the morning,” he said. City water mains superintendent Dane Lovell said the birds have not damaged the water tank. Probably the largest concentration of the birds in the cemetery is around Soldiers Rest, an area of the cemetery reserved for the Confederate dead from the Siege of Vicksburg. “They’ll gather on that hill,” Moore said, pointing to an adjacent slope west of Soldiers Rest, “and they perch on the stones. You’ll see them stretching their wings out to warm them.” While standing at Soldiers Rest, he pointed east to a pair of cedar trees. “A large group of them will gather on two vaults over there,” he said. He said cemetery employees use a pistollike device called a “Bird Banger” that fires a small, loud explosive charge that goes off in midair to scare the birds off. “They leave, but they fly around and they’re back in a couple of hours,” he said. Currently, Moore said, the banger is the only viable solution. The birds are an endangered species, which means killing them is not an option. He said a federal wildlife official recommended cutting the dead trees in the cemetery to discourage the birds. Some of the trees, however, are on private property that surrounds the cemetery, and Moore said he’ll have to get city landscaping director Jeff Richardson to determine which trees are on public land. “That might work, but until we can find a solution, we’ll have to live with them,” he said. “They’ve been here a long time.”
Ex-BP engineer’s lawyers to ask for new trial
From Wire Reports NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Attorneys for a former BP engineer convicted of trying to obstruct a federal probe of the company’s 2010 Gulf oil spill have asked for more time to file requests for a new trial or a post-verdict acquittal. On Tuesday, Kurt Mix’s lawyers asked U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. for a weeklong extension of a Jan. 2 deadline for filing the requests. On Dec. 18, a jury convicted Mix of obstruction of justice for deleting a string of text messages to and from a BP supervisor. Jurors acquitted him of a second count of the same charge, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Mix worked on BP’s efforts to seal its blown-out Macondo
well. Prosecutors said he tried to destroy evidence when he deleted the messages. The rig Deepwater Horizon, owned by Transocean Ltd. and leased by BP, was drilling about 50 miles southeast of the Louisiana coast when the well blew out on the night of April 20, 2010. The explosion killed 11 workers on the rig, which burned for nearly two days before sinking to the floor of the Gulf of Mexico nearly a mile below the surface. The Macondo well spewed crude oil for months, soiling marshlands, killing wildlife and forcing seafood grounds to be closed in the nation’s worst offshore oil disaster. Estimates place the amount Kurt Mix, center, arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans Dec. 3. The former BP drilling engineer is of oil that escaped the well at charged with deleting text messages and voicemails about the company’s response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of 200 million gallons or more. Mexico. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman, AP) pay for 10 working days beginning Dec. 19 and placed Adams in charge of the department in the interim. Gandy will be eligible to return to work on Tuesday but must endure a six-month probationary period. City officials would not confirm whether delayed garbage bag distribution played any part in Gandy’s suspension. Mayor Parker Wiseman said he knew about the planned change to one annual distribution and he supported it. He said it resulted in “substantial” savings for the sanitation department.
“Generally, something that affects the entire community would be run From page 1 by the board,” he added. “In fairness, said. “The result often requires a great there is no written policy that requires deal of overtime. The department head two distributions. It’s simply established was trying to eliminate the second deliv- precedent.” ery (for that reason). The board suspended Gandy without
“It is an efficient way to keep sanitation rates as low as possible,” Wiseman said. “Going forward, we will need to be cognizant that shipping larger bag rolls takes longer. That means we will need to order earlier and perhaps place a deadline on shipping.”
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Bryant: “I don’t have evidence to indicate that that population would be more likely. What I do have is a great concern that single mothers are not abusing drugs or other substances and try to maintain a family.” AP: If the public policy concern is to make sure children are being raised in homes where people aren’t addicted to drugs, why not test all parents? Bryant: “I’m not responsible for an individual or his actions unless he violates the law and then we will certainly put into effect the responsibility that we have to enforce the law for substance abuse. But when someone is taking tax dollars I think we have the right to determine whether or not that individual is abusing a substance and then how we go about treating them.” AP: Why not test corporate leaders whose companies get state tax money? Or why not test public employees, like yourself? Bryant: “If I was receiving any federal or state benefits to help raise my family, I’d be glad to take a drug test. I think that would be something that would be acceptable to me if I was receiving tax benefits. I work hard for my money. The federal government or the state government has a right, I think, to merely ask people who are receiving benefits through TANF to submit to a drug test so that we can identify if you’re abusing a substance and then how we go about treat-
ing you for that.” AP: TANF has a work requirement. Would you concede that some TANF recipients are, in fact, working hard? Bryant: “Oh, absolutely, and we’re trying to encourage more of that.... I don’t think that they can do a very good job of working at that job or do a very good job at that job if they’re abusing an illegal substance.” AP: You issued an executive order saying Mississippi, not the federal government, would set curriculum and testing standards. Depending on political beliefs, some people could think you’re really criticizing Common Core; or, they could think you’re quietly defending Common Core and reassuring the business community that you’re just trying to make some tea party people happy. Bryant: “I was someone surprised by the second reaction to that. I think there are those that would think, ‘Well, this is a way of pacifying someone.’ That came from my continued belief, that executive order, my continued belief that the Obama administration would like to centralize control over health care, public safety, education, the economy. And so everything I can do to make sure we defend our educational system from centralized federal government, I want to do. It’s no more complicated than that. I don’t have to pacify anyone in the conservative movement in Mississippi. I think my credentials there are pretty firm.”
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not just bungling bank robbers and psychopathic killers but humorous informants, thoughtful judges, traumatized victims, scheming bureaucrats, brilliant investigators, eloquent witnesses with second-grade educations, outraged citizens, and sleeping jurors. People here like to give each other funky nicknames like ‘Cat Daddy’ and ‘Hard Time.’ The cast of characters is easily as varied as the nineteenth-century London of Charles Dickens.” Hailman’s begins his book as a young lawyer who, after clerking for federal judge William Keady, took a legal fellowship in Washington DC where his first “big city” defense victory was for a client sponsored by then Washington DC Mayor Marion Berry, also a Mississippi native. Hail-
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Crimes from Midnight to Guntown
man writes that Berry told him he had helped the judge get appointed so not to worry too much about the case. Hailman soon took a position as legal counsel to U.S. Senator John Stennis where he worked on impeachment procedures (for Vice President Spiro Agnew) and monitored the Watergate Hearings for Stennis. He was also serving with Stennis when the Senator was shot in a robbery, requiring experimental surgery with at least two wounds considered “fatal” by the surgery team which trained on gunshot wounds in Vietnam. The lead doctor had conducted over 10,000 similar surgeries from 1967 to 1970 and said it would be a miracle if Stennis lived.  The 72-year-old Senator’s body resisted infection and he survived and
I was recently reading Hailman was a federal the Quinn Colson series prosecutor for three deby Oxford based writer cades in North MississipAce Atkins, stories about pi. In addition to his pasan Army Ranger who sion for investigating and comes home to the ficprosecuting crimes, Hailtional Jericho, Mississippi man served a columnist in Tibbehah County and for the Washington Post fights corrupt politicians, writing about wine, food BRIAN PERRY drug dealers, gun runners and travel and authored and all sorts of shady dealthe biography, “Thomas SYNDICATED ings as sheriff. I recomJefferson On Wine.” COLUMNIsT mend the Colson books In his decanter of the (three published) and Atkins’ other legal vineyards of his career, he finds work has widespread praise as well.  a land ripe with literary characters But it was at Atkins’ blog I discov- and outlandish crimes fermented in ered a posting about former federal North Mississippi. He writes in his prosecutor John Hailman’s “From introduction, “North Mississippi is Midnight to Guntown: True Crime still a unique place where one reguStories from a Federal Prosecutor in larly encounters a diverse universe of Mississippi.” colorful and disturbing characters,
he wanted revenge. Hailman writes, “It was deep and primordial, almost Shakespearean. I don’t believe I’d ever seen anyone so furious or determined to get someone.  Perhaps it was the secret of his success in politics.  He played hard, and he played for keeps. To this day, after over 30 years as a prosecutor, I have yet to see any victim quite as angry as the senator was.” The investigation and trial against the three robbers involved witness protection, a garbage collector who broke the case by attempting to stop domestic abuse, jury tampering, a Scientology linked alibi and an all black jury in a case where the victim was a Southern segregationist. One of the attorneys later prosecuted would-be
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Underplayed in 2013: the meteor you might have missed
attention. In November, the journal Nature published two papers that concluded that impacts of similar meteorites are more frequent than previously thought, and they could do enormous damage should the kinetic energy not be absorbed in the atmosphere. The Chelyabinsk meteorite, as it turns out, had a diameter of only about about 66 feet but caused damage 60 miles away. It weighed at least 12,000 metric tons, far heavier than initially thought. It exploded with the energy of a 500-kiloton nuclear blast (the bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki had yields of 15 and 20 kilotons, respectively). So a ground burst would have been a disaster. Historically, the atmosphere has protected the surface of the Earth from collisions with relatively small asteroids. But there are plenty out there measuring 165 feet in diameter and more, the size known to astronomers as “city killers.” An extraterrestrial object of that size would likely survive contact with the atmosphere and produce a devastating ground burst. The University of Hawaii’s Asteroid Terrestrial- Impact Last Alert System, funded by a grant from NASA, is designed to give one week’s warning of the impact of asteroids of city-killer size – or larger. It is expected to be in place by the end of 2015. If, as researchers believe, a city killer arrives about once a century, then we are due: The last one struck Siberia in June 1908. We’re not close to ready. There are a number of truly imaginative plans out there, including one that involves white paint. Yet NASA lacks the money for a serious response system, even though it is under congressional mandate to have one by 2020. No doubt there will be endless appropriations (and recriminations) once a city killer actually strikes. “Any fool can tell a crisis when it arrives,” wrote Isaac Asimov. “The real service to the state is to detect it in embryo.” Pope Francis has captured the imagination of the world, even if his messages have been widely misunderstood. Even Time magazine, which named Francis its person of the year, had to correct its erroneous assertion that he had rejected church dogma. If we hope to understand Francis, we might begin not by celebrating his carefully nuanced statements on issues around which our politics revolve, but by studying his considered words about the Christian faith itself. I would suggest an examination of the only encyclical he has issued so far, Lumen Fidei (“Light of Faith”). There Francis has this to say: “Love and truth are inseparable. Without love, truth becomes cold, impersonal and oppressive for people’s day-today lives.” Francis, of course, is speaking of the light of Christ, but one needn’t be Christian, or even religious, to see the broader point. All of us have a terrible tendency toward unwarrant-
As we welcome the dawning of the new year, I would like to look back on a pair of stories that received less coverage than they should have during 2013. Although different, each raises profound questions about our future. I don’t claim that these are the most important stories or that nobody noticed them at all – only that we should be paying more attention. In February, a meteor struck the Earth’s atmosphere and exploded above Chelyabinsk, Russia, causing more than 1,000 injuries but no deaths. Had it approached at a slightly different angle, the carnage would have been titanic. The explosion should have served as a warning. Instead, the story flashed briefly across the world’s consciousness, then vanished. The dissipating of interest is easy to understand: A meteor strike in which nobody dies is “dog bites man,” not “man bites dog.” But we should be paying closer
ed certainty – certain we are right, certain others are wrong, certain that if our ideas were only adopted all would be sweetness and light to the end of time. When we find the truth, we often decide that what really matters is that everybody else honor the truth that we have discovered. And when we discover that others don’t honor our truths – that they have truths of their own – we turn against them in confusion and even horror. This isn’t the place to catalog the woeful character of our political debate. But the mentality against which Francis warns does not manifest itself only in the meanness that we ascribe to our opponents. Too often it characterizes the very design of policy. We tend to work at high levels of abstraction, dealing with people as statistical masses rather than as individuals with their own interests and
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Kay Hardy
Kay Francis Mapp Hardy died December 21st at the age of 80 at her home in Starkville Mississippi.  Kay was born September 27th 1933 to the late Rolfe H. Mapp and Vera Boykin Mapp in Jones County Mississippi. She was married to the late Major Joel L. Hardy of Buckatuna Mississippi.  She is survived by two children: son Joel L. Hardy, Jr. of Terry Mississippi; daughter Bonnie Hardy Pongetti (husband Nathan Pongetti) of Starkville Mississippi; grandsons Joel L. Hardy III, Jacob Pongetti, Jonathan Pongetti; granddaughter Jessica Pongetti; and great granddaughter Emma Hardy. Kay graduated from Garner High School in Laurel Mississippi and went on to become a Registered Nurse. She began work at Methodist Hospital in Jackson Mississippi in 1979.  After retiring, she moved to Laurel Mississippi to care for her mother.  She moved to Starkville Mississippi in 2007. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church, the “Senior Enrichment Center”, and the New-Comer’s Club. She enjoyed spending time with her family, friends and pets, but most enjoyed helping others. A memorial service will be held January 4th at First United Methodist church in Starkville Mississippi. Visitation at 10:00 AM. Service at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice or the Senior Enrichment Center at 106 Miley Drive, Starkville Mississippi, 39759. You may go online and sign the guest register at:
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Elvarae “Candy” Lloyd
Candy went to be with her Lord on the morning of January 1, 2014.  She passed away quietly in her sleep at home. Candy was a multi-talented  musician and church pianist in College Station, TX.  She was also an interim choir director at First Baptist Church in Leland, MS.  She taught youngsters to play the piano for 25 years.  Her service to the Lord was unequaled to my knowledge.  She saved Forest Hills Baptist Church a great embarrassment.  In First Baptist Church in Starkville she was a teenagers greatest friend.  Candy would talk to them all night and she traveled with them.  On one of many church trips she cooked for them all the way to Whitefish, Montana and back;  She deeply loved all of them and they knew it.  She was WMU Director at First Baptist Church in Starkville for about 15 years and was a behind-the-scenes peacemaker.  Whatever needed to be fixed she took care of it. She will be sorely missed by her husband of 59 1/2 years, Dr. Ed Lloyd; her daughter, Elizabeth Mosley and husband Tommy; and granddaughter, Meredith Bryan and husband Scott. Visitation for Mrs. Lloyd is scheduled for Friday, January 3, 2014 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Starkville, MS, with the funeral service immediately following.  Dr. Chip Stevens will conduct the service.  Burial will be in Oddfellows Cemetery. You may go online and sign the guest register at: www.
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for veterans facing terminal illness by matching them with volunteers who have similar experiences and/or backgrounds. For more information, contact Polly Briggs at 338-0007 or polly.briggs@legacyhospice. net u Disaster Action Team — American Red Cross is seeking volunteers to join the Disaster Action Teams (DAT) to respond to disasters as soon as possible in order to help anyone who has been affected. Training is required and provided by American Red Cross. Interested volunteers may contact Cheryl Kocurek at 842-6101 or cheryl.kocurek@ u Crisis line volunteer — Contact Helpline seeks volunteers to take phone line shifts in four- to eight-hour segments answering the Crisis lines. This is great for students learning in the psychology and family studies field and for elderly or retired individuals looking to give back to the community. Volunteers must attend a comprehensive crisis training class. For more information, contact Kat Speed at 327-2968 or u Food and clothing ministry — The Rock Hill United Methodist Church will hold a free clothing and canned food ministry from 8-11 a.m. each Monday, Tuesday and Saturday. For more information, call Donna Poe at 323-8871 or Pastor Jerome Wilson at 3122935. u Knitting Guild —The Golden Triangle Knitting Guild meets on the fourth Thursday of every month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Room #204 of the First United Methodist Church in Starkville (200 Lampkin Street). Knitters of all skill levels are welcomed! For more information, contact GTKG President Emily Marett at or visit
u Healing Rooms — The Starkville Healing Rooms are open from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday evenings (except holidays) at the Sportsplex for the public to receive prayer for physical healing, encouragement, or other needs. Our teams consist of Spirit-filled Christians from different local churches. Everyone is welcome. There is no appointment needed. u Homesteading Classes — The Mississippi Modern Homesteading Center offers classes in crochet, knitting and other fiber arts, including help on specific projects. Classes are held Fridays at 11 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Cost is $14, or $9 for MMHC members. For more information, call (713) 4127026 or email u Bible Study — I Am Somebody Restoration Outreach Women/Children Destiny Foundation will begin a Bible study from 10 a.m. to noon each Tuesday at 2031/2 N. Lafayette St. The theme is “Get Up Woman.” Shavell Rice is the evangelist. Contact her at 662-418-7132 for more information. u Adult Piano Lessons — Mississippi State will offer a series of 10 evening classes for adults who want to learn the basics of piano. The one-hour sessions begin at 5:30 and are organized by Jackie EdwardsHenry. Only 10 spaces are available, filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cost is $150. For more information contact Edwards-Henry at 662-3252864 or
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u Art show deadline — Submissions for the Starkville Area Arts Council’s January and February Art in Public Places art how, “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” are due to Lorrin Webb by Sunday, January 5. Please email submissions to Webb at saacaipp@yahoo.
com, including your name, phone number, title of work, medium and price. Each artist may submit up to three works of art. For more information contact Webb at 601-4053225. u Public Library Book Sale — The Friends of the Starkville Public Library will hold its monthly book sale on Monday, January 6, from noon to 6 p.m. Revenue from the sale of books is used to support library projects. u Pastoral Anniversary — The St. Matthew M.B. Church family will celebrate the third anniversary of Rev. Nathaniel Best and First Lady Sherry at 4 p.m. on Jan. 26. This is a very special occasion for the Best and church families. the guest speaker will be Rev. Rayfield Evins, pastor of Southside M.B. Church of Columbus. The public is cordially invited. u Magnolia Film Festival — The 17th annual Magnolia Independent Film Festival will take place Feb. 20-22 at Hollywood Premier Cinemas as a showcase venue for independent filmmakers. For more information about the Magnolia Independent Film Festival visit or please contact Angella Baker at u Chick-fil-A Race Series — Starkville Chick-fil-A will host the Chick-fil-A Connect Race Series 10K, 5K and One Mile Fun Run Saturday, March 1, 2014. Proceeds benefit the Palmer Home for Children. For more information, visit u Couples Retreat — First Baptist Church of Longview Marriage Ministry will be embarking on a 3 night/4 day Romantic Couples Retreat June 5-8, 2014 to Myrtle Beach, S.C.  If you are looking to rejuvenate your marriage & strengthen your bond of Love please contact our Marriage Coordinators Edward & Kenosha Shields at 662-769-0048 or 662-3246191 for more information.
u UCAC Meeting — Unlimited Community Agricultural Cooperative will have its monthly meeting Jan. 18 at 8 a.m. The meeting will be held at the BJ3 Center located at 5226 Old West Point Rd. in Starkville. Farm-related and small business issues and opportunities will be discussed. The public is invited to attend. For more information contact Orlando Trainer at 662-7690071 or u Northeast State Laymen Program Quarterly Program — The public is cordially invited to the State Laymen’s Quarterly Meeting that will begin at 10 a.m. on Jan. 11 at Stephen Chapel M. B. Church at 514 North 20th St, Columbus, Miss. The sermon will be delivered by Pastor Joe Lee Peoples, Pastor Of Stephen Chapel and NEMBSC President. For more information contact Orlando Trainer at 769-0071 or
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desires and – most important – their own dignity. Our seeming inability to look with love upon those who differ leads to a profound alienation from both politics and policy. I suspect that it lies
behind the movement in Silicon Valley toward searching for a place to found an alternative country, one less regulated, in which there is a greater freedom to experiment, not just technologically but in other ways as well – “to peacefully opt out,” in the words of Stanford University lecturer Balaji ing Hamas through an Oxford bank. Hailman discusses “Operation Pretense,” the FBI sting charging 410 Mississippi supervisors from 26 counties with corruption and notes they had requested a second sting operation — to set up a lobbying firm as a front to accept bribe requests from legislators. That second sting operation, which would have worked like the ABSCAM sting against members of Congress earlier, was not approved. He writes about that day when Judge Henry Lackey came by and after a discussion of blackberry wine shared that Tim Balducci had attempted to influence him, a conversation which led to a series of events and a bribe bringing about the
Srinivasan. Even if we followed Francis’ advice and tempered truth with love, there would still be many dissatisfied with government policy. But I would like to believe that such a change would help make our politics less alienating, and our government more respectful. downfall of Dickie Scruggs, the lead attorney against Big Tobacco and Mississippi’s “King of Torts.” And he tells the behind the scenes discussions and mercy involving the corruption prosecution of DeSoto County Supervisor John Grisham, Sr. — father of the famed Mississippi novelist. Hailman preserves the integrity of prosecutors while sharing their human side. For those interested in true Mississippi crime, with a dash of politics, pick up “From Midnight to Guntown.” Brian Perry is a columnist for the Madison County Journal and a partner with Capstone Public Affairs, LLC.  Reach him at or @CapstonePerry on Twitter.
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Reagan assassin John Hinckley, Jr. and one of the prosecution witnesses had served as an expert for the Warren Commission’s investigation of Lee Harvey Oswald in the Kennedy Assassination. In the end, it took a calculated plea deal to measure out a portion of justice, but Hailman presents an entertaining and historic read of the trial. Hailman’s chapters detail the stories and characters from “Bank Robbers I’ve Known,” “Civil Rights and Civil Wrongs,” and “Faraway Places with Strange Sounding Names: The Age of Terror” — with international cases including an “honorable” terrorist financ-
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Thursday, Janaury 2, 2014
College Football
Mullen looks ahead after MSU bowl win
By BEN WAIT   One day after winning the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, it’s still fresh on the minds of Mississippi State fans. The Bulldogs beat Conference USA champion Rice 44-7 at Liberty Bowl Stadium in Memphis, Tenn. on Tuesday. The Bulldogs finished the 2013 season with a 7-6 record, their fourth-straight winning season. MSU gave its fans a good reason to ring in the New Year, but the celebration won’t last long for head coach Dan Mullen and his coaching staff. “We’re going to enjoy this win (Tuesday), enjoy it (Wednesday) and then start looking to 2014 as a staff,” Mullen said in his postgame comments after the bowl victory. Mullen and his staff had Wednesday off, but will be back in the office today preparing for the 2014 season, which starts in about eight months. The players will have a little longer layoff. “(Tuesday) we laid to rest the 2013 team and each team has a one year shelf life,” Mullen said. “The 2014 team is born on Jan. 10 when we report for our first team meeting.” The Bulldogs will enter this new season with high expectations, although Mullen always have high expectations coming into a new season. State doesn’t lose very much from this season. The biggest loss will be offensive lineman Gabe Jackson. The All-American has been one of the most consistent parts on, not just the offensive line, but the entire team for Mullen the last four years. Running back LaDarius Perkins put on the maroon and white for the last time at the Liberty Bowl. His senior season wasn’t what many expected or hoped for, but he will be missed. Defensive lineman Denico Autry, linebacker Deontae Skinner and safety Nickoe Whitley also will not return. Quarterback Tyler Russell, who rewrote the MSU record books, battled injury after injury in his final year in Starkville, so didn’t have the season he or Bulldog fans expected. Dak Prescott will be a junior when the new season rolls around, and he showed that life will move on without Russell. The Haughton, La., native battled adversity all season long with his own injuries and the passing of his mother. Prescott will be a big reason for the high expectations this coming season. Wide receiver Jameon Lewis will be a senior and he had a breakout year.
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Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen lifts the trophy after beating Rice in the Liberty Bowl Tuesday. (Photo by Mark Humphrey, AP)
College Basketball
State’s women start SEC play against Florida
By DANNY P. SMITH Mississippi State women’s basketball coach Vic Schaefer calls the start of Southeastern Conference play “the monster the next two months.” The Bulldogs have to start dealing with that “monster” tonight when they make the trip to Florida. After watching MSU struggled to get a 40-34 halftime lead against Mississippi Valley State Monday night, Schaefer wonders if his team is ready for the challenge the SEC schedule presents. Schaefer was encouraged about the practice on Sunday prior to playing on Monday, but became very frustrated with the Bulldogs in the first half. It was a half where MSU only shot 38.7 percent (12-of-31) from the field. “If you have one of those first halves (in the SEC), you might be down so far that you can’t get back,” Schaefer said. “We have a good crowd and we are stinking it up. Are we ready? Not right now, but thank goodness, we (had) two days to get ready. “You are 13-1, but there are so many things that we know we’ve got to clean up before conference starts.” With that 13-1 mark, the Bulldogs are off to the best start in school history. It has come with a run of easy wins against nonconference opponents like Mississippi Valley State, Alabama State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Savannah State, Tennessee Tech, New Orleans and Jackson State. Schaefer believes “disinterest” in the teams MSU is playing may be a factor in why it has moments where performance is lacking. “We’re fixing to see if it’s disinterest because of who we are playing,” Schaefer said. “When we play the big girls, we’ll see if the interest increases because they seem disinterested. We talk to them all the time about being a pro and you’ve got to earn your check. This is what you do and who you are. People spend a lot of money on women’s basketball at Mississippi State. It’s important here. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t. “We’ve got a couple of kids that if they don’t play well, we’re
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Mississippi State women’s basketball coach Vic Schaefer, right, gives instruction to point guard Jerica James during a game. (Photo courtesy of Lee Adams)
After having its four-game winning streak snapped in the finals of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic against UNLV last week, Mississippi State returns to Humphrey Coliseum tonight to face the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks at 7 p.m. It’s the first meeting between the two, while MSU is 6-0 all-time against foes from the MEAC. Early this year, the Bulldogs beat league member Florida A&M, 78-65. Tickets can be purchased at a special price of $5. The Bulldogs sport a 9-3 ledger and with a victory would match last year’s win total. The Hawks enter the contest 2-9 after losing at Virginia Tech on Dec. 31. Craig Sword, who has scored in double-digits the last 11 games, leads MSU with 15.3 points and 1.8 steals. On the boards, Gavin Ware paces the Bulldogs with 8.3 rebounds per outing. The sophomore from Starkville is also second in scoring at 10.4. Kyree Jones leads UMES in scoring at 16.2. This game is also the final non-conference outing for the Bulldogs, who open Southeastern Conference play on Jan. 8 at Kentucky. Tip is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be televised on the SEC Network.
High School Basketball
Alexander believes better days ahead for Vols
By JASON EDWARDS Mark Alexander knows the first half of the season his Starkville Academy team has not been the best it could have been, but the coach also knows better days lie ahead for the 5-12 Volunteers “Honestly, I have been disappointed with the way we have played up to this point,” Alexander said. “A lot of that is on me and I haven’t done as good a job as a coach up until this point of getting the team where they should be, but I know we can and will be better.” A majority of SA’s struggles have come from little mistakes. Things like turnovers, scoring droughts and defensive errors have plagued the Vols the first few games and as the team moves forward, Alexander vows the team will be focused on correcting those areas. “We keep making the same mistakes over and over,” Alexander said. “Until we rectify those, the same things are going to keep happening.” The record might not be the best and mistakes may be happening, but one thing you will never see Starkville Academy do is hang its head. Alexander is determined to make sure his boys never simply “accept losing.” Instead the head coach works diligently to keep the players looking forward and constantly working on improvement. “The biggest thing is not breaking,” Alexander said. “Some teams accept losing. They accept failure. That is the thing we have to get passed if we have any chance of being successful.” It is not for lack of effort that the Vols have started conference play 1-4. Thus far, the team is averaging 41 points per game and in the midst of all that is going on, there is a “bright spot” for the coach in the form of his younger players. Among those up and coming players for SA is Parker Guest. In his appearances off the bench, Guest has already more than proven his worth this season. “Parker has been a real bright spot for us off the bench,” Alexander said. “He is a 10th grader and is not a very big kid, but he is the guy for the future. He can really shoot it and he has shown that in the games. We had a big win against Tunica in the Magnolia Heights tournament. He came in and shot some 3’s for us. We wouldn’t have won the game without
his shooting. I have been really encouraged by his play and his spark.” Moving forward Alexander is hopeful that Guest’s energy will rub off on his teammates and that the current batch of Vols will rally as a “team” to truly live up to what their coach knows they are capable of. “We haven’t played together as a team this first half,” Alexander said. “We have to come together as a team. We have to have more desire and passion to win. We can’t simply go out there and go through the motions or try to run up our individual points. We have to go out there as a united force and lay it all on the line.” Starkville Academy’s chance to unite and leave it all on the court will come soon. The Vols will travel to take part in the Jackson Prep Tournament as they face Richland on Saturday.
The record for the Southeastern Conference after six postseason bowl football games.
Clowney plans to enter NFL draft
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney says he will enter for the NFL draft. Likely the top overall talent in the draft class, Clowney finished his college career Wednesday in the Gamecocks’ 34-24 victory over Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl. “Before we even put the pads on, I thought we’ve only got 60 minutes and it’s over with,” he said. “I’m going to be sad about it. ... I’m excited to move forward with my life, though.” The junior had five tackle against the Badgers.
College Football The AP Top 25 Fared No. 1 Florida State (13-0) vs. No. 2 Auburn, BCS championship, Jan. 6. No. 2 Auburn (12-1) vs. No. 1 Florida State, BCS championship, Jan. 6. No. 3 Alabama (11-1) vs. No. 11 Oklahoma, Sugar Bowl, Jan. 2. No. 4 Michigan State (13-1) beat No. 5 Stanford 24-20, Rose Bowl, Jan. 1. No. 5 Stanford (11-3) lost to No. 4 Michigan State 24-20, Rose Bowl, Jan. 1. No. 6 Baylor (11-1) vs. No. 15 UCF, Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 1. No. 7 Ohio State (12-1) vs. No. 12 Clemson, Orange Bowl, Jan. 3. No. 8 South Carolina (11-2) beat No. 19 Wisconsin 34-24, Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1. No. 9 Missouri (11-2) vs. No. 13 Oklahoma State, Cotton Bowl, Jan. 3. No. 10 Oregon (11-2) beat Texas 30-7, Alamo Bowl, Dec. 30. No. 11 Oklahoma (10-2) vs. No. 3 Alabama, Sugar Bowl, Jan. 2. No. 12 Clemson (10-2) vs. No. 7 Ohio State, Orange Bowl, Jan. 3. No. 13 Oklahoma State (10-2) vs. No. 9 Missouri, Cotton Bowl, Jan. 3. No. 14 LSU (10-3) beat Iowa 21-14, Outback Bowl, Jan. 1. No. 15 UCF (11-1) vs. No. 6 Baylor, Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 1. No. 16 Arizona State (10-4) lost to Texas Tech 37-23, Holiday Bowl, Dec. 30. No. 17 UCLA (10-3) beat Virginia Tech 42-12, Sun Bowl, Dec. 31. No. 18 Louisville (12-1) beat Miami 36-9, Russell Athletic Bowl, Dec. 28. No. 19 Wisconsin (9-4) lost to No. 8 South Carolina 34-24, Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1. No. 20 Texas A&M (9-4) beat No. 22 Duke 52-48, Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31. No. 21 Fresno State (11-2) lost to Southern Cal 45-20, Las Vegas Bowl, Dec. 21. No. 22 Duke (10-4) lost to No. 20 Texas A&M 52-48, Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31. No. 23 Georgia (8-5) lost to Nebraska 24-19, Gator Bowl, Jan. 1. No. 24 Northern Illinois (12-2) lost to Utah State 21-14, Poinsettia Bowl, Dec. 26. No. 25 Notre Dame (9-4) beat Rutgers 29-16, Pinstripe Bowl, Dec. 28. USA Today Top 25 Poll Record Pts Pvs 1. Florida State (62) 13-0 1550 1 2. Auburn 12-1 1486 3 3. Alabama 11-1 1414 4 4. Michigan State 12-1 1342 9 5. Baylor 11-1 1275 t7 6. Ohio State 12-1 1211 2 7. Stanford 11-2 1188 10 8. South Carolina 10-2 1108 t7 9. Missouri 11-2 1088 5 10. Oklahoma 10-2 913 15 11. Clemson 10-2 899 11 12. Oregon 10-2 887 12 13. Oklahoma State 10-2 845 6 14. LSU 9-3 719 14 15. Central Florida 11-1 658 17 16. Louisville 11-1 611 16 17. Arizona State 10-3 602 13 18. UCLA 9-3 520 19 19. Wisconsin 9-3 408 21 20. Fresno State 11-1 344 22 21. Texas A&M 8-4 247 25 21. Duke 10-3 247 20 23. Northern Illinois 12-1 149 18 24. Georgia 8-4 135 NR 25. Miami (Fla.) 9-3 73 NR Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 47; Vanderbilt 40; Southern California 33; Iowa 30; Texas 27; Rice 23; Bowling Green 12; Notre Dame 8; Minnesota 6; Ball State 2; Nebraska 1; Virginia Tech 1; Washington 1. BCS Standings 1. Florida State 2. Auburn 3. Alabama 4. Michigan State 5. Stanford 6. Baylor 7. Ohio State 8. Missouri 9. South Carolina 10. Oregon 11. Oklahoma 12. Clemson 13. Oklahoma State 14. Arizona State 15. Central Florida 16. LSU 17. UCLA 18. Louisville 19. Wisconsin 20. Fresno State 21. Texas A&M 22. Georgia 23. Northern Illinois 24. Duke 25. Southern Cal Bowl Glance All Times EST Saturday, Dec. 21 New Mexico Bowl At Albuquerque Colorado State 48, Washington State 45 Las Vegas Bowl Southern Cal 45, Fresno State 20 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl At Boise, Idaho San Diego State 49, Buffalo 24 New Orleans Bowl Louisiana-Lafayette 24, Tulane 21 Monday, Dec. 23 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl At St. Petersburg, Fla. East Carolina 37, Ohio 20 Tuesday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl At Honolulu Oregon State 38, Boise State 23
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“It was an ugly game. I think we set the NBA back a couple of years (Wednesday).”
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki said about a 87-78 win over the Washington Wizards.
The ARea Slate
Bridgewater to forgo senior year
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will forgo his senior season with the No. 18 Cardinals and enter the NFL draft. Projected as a first-round selection and possibly the first quarterback taken this spring, Bridgewater completed 71 percent of passes for 3,970 yards and a school-record 31 touchdowns this season, including a career-best 447 yards with three TDs in Saturday’s 36-9 rout of Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Bridgewater said in a release that the decision “was extremely difficult,” but added that attending Louisville “was one of the best decisions I could have ever made.” With Bridgewater starting, the Cardinals won 27 games and tied a school record with this year’s 12-1 finish. Despite some lackluster efforts following a loss to Central Florida, Louisville entered the bowl game with the nation’s 18th-ranked passing game at nearly 303 yards per game and 34th in total offense at 453.1. Bridgewater’s career highlight was last year’s 33-23 Sugar Bowl upset of Florida in which the 6-foot-3, 196-pound Miami native earned MVP honors after passing for 266 yards and two touchdowns. His decision wasn’t surprising considering he began the season as a possible Heisman Trophy candidate before those prospects dropped with the October loss to UCF that also ended the Cardinals’ chances of winning the inaugural American Athletic Conference championship. However, Bridgewater’s pro stock remained steady and even gained steam down the stretch after he rallied Louisville past Cincinnati with a gutsy 14-yard scramble on fourth-and-12 and an off-balance 22-yard TD pass to Damian Copeland in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals won 31-24 in overtime to clinch the Russell Athletic bowl bid.
Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 11 Green Bay, San Francisco or New Orleans at Seattle, 4:35 p.m. (FOX) Cincinnati, Indianpolis or Kansas City at New England, 8:15 p.m. (CBS) Sunday, Jan. 12 Philadelphia, Green Bay or San Francisco at Carolina, 1:05 p.m. (FOX) Indianapolis, Kansas City or San Diego at Denver, 4:40 p.m. (CBS) Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 19 AFC, 3 p.m. (CBS) NFC, 6:30 p.m. (FOX) Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 26 At Honolulu TBD, 7:30 p.m. (NBC) Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2 At East Rutherford, N.J. AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 6:30 p.m. (FOX) National Basketball Association All Times EST EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 15 15 .500 — Boston 13 18 .419 2½ Brooklyn 10 21 .323 5½ Philadelphia 9 21 .300 6 New York 9 21 .300 6 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 24 7 .774 — Atlanta 18 14 .563 6½ Washington 14 15 .483 9 Charlotte 14 18 .438 10½ Orlando 10 21 .323 14 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 25 6 .806 — Detroit 14 19 .424 12 Chicago 12 18 .400 12½ Cleveland 10 21 .323 15 Milwaukee 7 24 .226 18 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 25 7 .781 — Houston 21 13 .618 5 Dallas 19 13 .594 6 New Orleans 14 16 .467 10 Memphis 13 17 .433 11 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Oklahoma City 25 6 .806 — Portland 25 7 .781 ½ Minnesota 16 16 .500 9½ Denver 14 16 .467 10½ Utah 10 24 .294 16½ Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 21 12 .636 — Phoenix 19 11 .633 ½ Golden State 20 13 .606 1 L.A. Lakers 13 19 .406 7½ Sacramento 10 20 .333 9½ Wednesday’s Games Dallas 87, Washington 78 Toronto 95, Indiana 82 Minnesota 124, New Orleans 112 Philadelphia at Denver, late Charlotte at L.A. Clippers, late Today’s Games Orlando at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Golden State at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Boston at Chicago, 8 p.m. Brooklyn at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. New York at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Memphis at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Milwaukee at Utah, 9 p.m. Charlotte at Portland, 10 p.m. Philadelphia at Sacramento, 10 p.m. College Basketball Women’s Top 25 Fared
Craig Sword (32) and Mississippi State hosts Maryland Eastern Shore tonight. The tip is 7 p.m. for the final non-conference action of the season for the Bulldogs. (Photo courtesy of Lee Adams) Today College Basketball Maryland Eastern Shore at Mississippi State, 7 p.m. Women’s College Basketball Mississippi State at Florida, 6 p.m.
Today COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7:30 p.m. ESPN — Sugar Bowl, Oklahoma vs. Alabama, at New Orleans MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m. ESPN2 — Wisconsin at Northwestern 6:30 p.m. NBCSN — Penn at George Mason 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl At Detroit Pittsburgh 30, Bowling Green 27 Poinsettia Bowl At San Diego Utah State 21, Northern Illinois 14 Friday, Dec. 27 Military Bowl At Annapolis, Md. Marshall 31, Maryland 20 Texas Bowl At Houston Syracuse 21, Minnestota 17 Fight Hunger Bowl At San Francisco Washington 31, BYU 16 Saturday, Dec. 28 Pinstripe Bowl At New York Notre Dame 29, Rutgers 16 Belk Bowl At Charlotte, N.C. North Carolina 39, Cincinnati 17 Russell Athletic Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Louisville 36, Miami 9 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl At Tempe, Ariz. Kansas State 31, Michigan 14 Monday, Dec. 30 Armed Forces Bowl At Fort Worth, Texas Navy 24, Middle Tennessee 6 Music City Bowl At Nashville, Tenn. Mississippi 25, Georgia Tech 17 Alamo Bowl At San Antonio Oregon 30, Texas 7 Holiday Bowl At San Diego Texas Tech 37, Arizona State 23 Tuesday, Dec. 31 AdvoCare V100 Bowl At Shreveport, La. Arizona 42, Boston College 19 Sun Bowl At El Paso, Texas UCLA 42, Virginia Tech 12 Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn. Mississippi State 44, Rice 7 Chick-fil-A Bowl At Atlanta Texas A&M 52, Duke 48 Wednesday, Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas Bowl At Dallas North Texas 36, UNLV 14 ESPN2 — Saint Mary’s (Cal) at Gonzaga FS1 — California at Stanford PREP FOOTBALL 3 p.m. ESPN — All-America Game, Team Highlight-Red vs. Team Nitro-Green, at St. Petersburg, Fla. WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m. FSN — Baylor at Kansas St.
AP phtographer Martin dies
ATLANTA (AP) — Known as a master of his craft, longtime Associated Press photographer Dave Martin collapsed on the field of the Georgia Dome after taking one of his signature photos: the coach getting doused by his players. The 59-year-old Martin suffered an apparent heart attack and died early Wednesday morning after working the sidelines at Texas A&M’s 52-48 win over Duke in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Friends and colleagues remembered Martin as a larger-than-life character who was always happy to share advice with fellow photographers who he often outshot. Martin covered nearly every major news event in the South over the past 30 years — including Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf oil spill — and he traveled to sporting events around the world and to conflicts in Afghanistan, Haiti and Iraq. His awardwinning visual storytelling was splashed across countless newspaper front pages and the covers of Sports Illustrated and other magazines. At sporting events, he was well-known for always managing to get himself in the perfect position to take the shot of winning athletes dousing their coach with water or Gatorade. Done right, such images capture the flourish of airborne water caught in the stadium lights, but they require great timing and positioning. Tuesday night’s game was no exception — Martin perfectly showed Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin’s startled but jubilant expression as he’s splashed. “Every photojournalist in the country knows the trademark Dave Martin picture was the coach being dunked,” said AP South regional photo editor Mike Stewart, who first met Martin in 1989. AP Vice President and Director of Photography Santiago Lyon said: “Dave Martin was an excellent photojournalist, a consummate and dedicated professional and a wonderful person. Wherever his work took him he made many friends and will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.”
Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Nebraska 24, Georgia 19 Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. South Carolina 34, Wisconsin 24 Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla. LSU 21, Iowa 14 Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. Michigan State 24, Stanford 20 Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Baylor vs. UCF, late Today Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Alabama (11-1) vs. Oklahoma (10-2), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Jan. 3 Orange Bowl At Miami Ohio State (12-1) vs. Clemson (10-2), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Cotton Bowl At Arlington, Texas Missouri (11-2) vs. Oklahoma State (10-2), 7:30 p.m. (FOX) Saturday, Jan. 4 BBVA Compass Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Vanderbilt (8-4) vs. Houston (8-4), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Sunday, Jan. 5 Bowl At Mobile, Ala. Arkansas State (7-5) vs. Ball State (10-2), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Jan. 6 BCS National Championship At Pasadena, Calif. Florida State (13-0) vs. Auburn (121), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) National Football League Playoff Glance All Times EST Wild-card Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 4 Kansas City at Indianapolis, 4:35 p.m. (NBC) New Orleans at Philadelphia, 8:10 p.m. (NBC) Sunday, Jan. 5 San Diego at Cincinnati, 1:05 p.m. (CBS) San Francisco at Green Bay, 4:40 p.m.
O’Brien set to coach Texans
HOUSTON (AP) — Bill O’Brien worked closely with Tom Brady when he was a Patriots assistant. He’s now set to return to the NFL to coach Houston, and he’s a long way from Brady. The Texans have the No. 1 draft pick, and O’Brien might well find himself having to groom a rookie quarterback. Two people familiar with the negotiations, speaking to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because an official announcement hadn’t been made, said Tuesday night that O’Brien reached an agreement to coach the Texans. He is expected to be introduced today. He inherits a team filled with talent, but whose biggest problem is at quarterback. Veteran Matt Schaub, Houston’s starter since 2007, was benched after six games. Case Keenum took over after that, but his lack of success showed he wasn’t the answer either, and the team finished on a 14-game skid. A number of talented quarterbacks could be available in May’s draft. Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, and Fresno State’s Derek Carr, younger brother of Houston’s first-ever draft pick, David Carr, are among the top-rated quarterbacks expected to be in the draft.
Wednesday 1. UConn (14-0) beat UCF 77-49. Next: at Memphis, Saturday. 2. Notre Dame (11-0) did not play. Next: vs. South Dakota State, Thursday. 3. Duke (12-1) did not play. Next: vs. Old Dominion, Thursday. 4. Stanford (11-1) did not play. Next: vs. Oregon, Friday. 5. Tennessee (11-1) did not play. Next: vs. No. 16 LSU, Thursday. 6. Kentucky (12-1) did not play. Next: at Alabama, Thursday. 7. Louisville (14-1) beat Temple 77-68. Next: vs. Cincinnati, Saturday. 8. Maryland (12-1) did not play. Next: at No. 10 North Carolina, Sunday. 9. Baylor (10-1) did not play. Next: at Kansas State, Thursday. 10. North Carolina (11-2) did not play. Next: vs. James Madison, Thursday. 11. Oklahoma State (11-0) did not play. Next: vs. Texas, Thursday. 12. Colorado (10-1) did not play. Next: at Southern Cal, Friday. 13. South Carolina (12-1) did not play. Next: at Arkansas, Thursday. 14. Iowa State (11-0) did not play. Next: at TCU, Thursday. 15. Penn State (9-3) did not play. Next: at No. 22 Iowa, Sunday. 16. LSU (10-2) did not play. Next: at No. 5 Tennessee, Thursday. 17. Purdue (9-2) did not play. Next: at Ohio State, Thursday. 18. Nebraska (10-2) did not play. Next: vs. Northwestern, Thursday. 19. Georgia (12-1) did not play. Next: at Vanderbilt, Thursday. 20. Syracuse (11-2) did not play. Next: at N.C. State, Sunday. 21. Florida State (12-1) did not play. Next: at Pittsburgh, Thursday. 22. Iowa (12-2) did not play. Next: at Indiana, Thursday. 23. California (8-3) did not play. Next: vs. Oregon State, Friday. 24. Arizona State (11-1) did not play. Next: at Washington State, Friday. 25. Oklahoma (9-4) did not play. Next: at Texas Tech, Thursday.
Maple Leafs win snowy Winter Classic
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A lot of winter. Very little classic hockey. Light snow swirled down in the Big House, making it tough to push the puck through piles of the white stuff on a sheet of ice where football is usually played. Teeth-chattering temperatures and a brisk wind were factors, too, that made the NHL’s Winter Classic much more of an event than a game. Tyler Bozak scored the winning shootout goal and Jonathan Bernier made two saves in the heart-pounding final moments, lifting Toronto to a 3-2 victory over Detroit on Wednesday in front of 105,591 fans — the largest crowd to watch a hockey game.
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not going to win. That’s no different than any team across the country. There’s an accountability. They need to show up and play. I don’t think they get it right now. I don’t see the consistency with the lights are on and let’s go play. I just have higher expectations.” Schaefer expects more out of all the Bulldogs, but especially junior center Martha Alwal. She leads the squad with averages of 17 points per game
and 8.8 rebounds per outing, but Schaefer has said often that he believes Alwal can be a 20-point, 20-rebound player every night if she comes ready to play. Junior guard Kendra Grant also has a scoring average in double digits at 14.1 points per game. She has been through the SEC schedule the last two seasons and said the Bulldogs seem to be preparing the right way. There is some concern with how games are going at times and Grant knows the SEC can
be unforgiving if those problems rise over the next two months. “It’s coming whether we want it to or not,” Grant said of the SEC. “There are some things we have to work on. That’s obvious from the first half (of the Mississippi Valley game). It will definitely be harder to come back and take a lead, or take a lead in general (against the SEC). If we come out against SEC teams, it’s not going to be pretty. We need to come out hard in the beginning.”
The other probable starters for MSU along with Grant and Alwal are Savannah Carter, Katia May and Breanna Richardson. Two of the best scoring teams in the SEC meet at 6 p.m. in Gainesville tonight with the Gators fourth at 80.9 points per game and the Bulldogs fifth at 80.4 points per outing. This will be the 11th time in 13 years that MSU has started SEC play on the road. Florida brings a record of 10-3 into the matchup.
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LSU takes Outback behind Hill rushing
From Wire Reports TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — What Anthony Jennings lacked in experience, LSU more than compensated for with a talented supporting cast in the Outback Bowl. Jennings made plenty of freshman mistakes Wednesday, however they weren’t nearly as costly as they could have been for the 14th-ranked Tigers with Jeremy Hill rushing for 216 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-14 victory. The second quarterback in school history to make his first college start in a bowl game, Jennings fretted over an interception that helped Iowa (8-5) get back in the game. But with the outcome on the line, he simply turned and handed the ball to Hill, who made sure LSU (10-3) would not lose. “Anthony in his first start was tight,” coach Les Miles said, adding that Jennings learned some lessons will be beneficial moving forward with his career. “He wasn’t perfect by any stretch,” Miles said. “But he did what he had to do.” Craig Loston’s fourth-quarter interception stopped a potential tying drive, giving Hill a chance to put the game out of reach by carrying four times for 87 yards on a six-play, 92-yard march that gave LSU (10-3) a 21-7 lead. Iowa (8-5) pulled within a touchdown for the second time in 4 minutes after Jordan Cotton returned the ensuing kickoff to the Tigers 4. Jennings ran for a first-quarter touchdown, but the true freshman struggled to hit open receivers while completing 7 of 19 passes for 82 yards. In addition to throwing an interception that Iowa’s John Lowdermilk returned 71 yards, he was sacked four times while standing in for the injured Zach Mettenberger. C.J. Beathard replaced Jake Rudock at quarterback for Iowa on the first play of the fourth quarter. His fourth-down interception stopped one promising drive, but he also tossed a 4-yard TD pass to Kevonte Martin-Manley that trimmed Iowa’s deficit to 21-14 with 1:42 remaining. The victory enabled LSU to finish with at least 10 wins for a school-record fourth consecutive season. The loss ended Iowa’s three-game winning streak. Hill, a 235-pound sophomore who rushed with 1,401 yards and 16 TDs this season, averaged 7.7 yards per carry on 28 attempts. On the clinching drive, he delivered runs of 2, 28, 20 and, finally, 37 yards for his second touchdown. He also scored on a 14-yard run in the second quarter.
Capital One Bowl South Carolina 34, Wisconsin 24
ORLANDO, Fla. — Connor Shaw was responsible for five touchdowns, including three passing, and South Carolina outlasted Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl. The senior was selected the game MVP after picking apart the Badgers’ defense, completing 22 of 25 passes for 312 yards. Shaw also had rushing and receiving scores. The game also turned out to be the final college contest for South Carolina star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who said afterward that he would forgo his senior season to enter the NFL draft. South Carolina (11-2) won its third straight bowl game to cap its third straight 11-win season. Bruce Ellington caught six passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns.
LSU running back Jeremy Hill (33) gets past Iowa defensive back Tanner Miller (5) during the second quarter of the Outback Bowl Wednesday. (Photo by Chris O’Meara, AP)
The Badgers (9-4) lost their fourth straight 23 Georgia 24-19 in the rain-soaked Gator Bowl bowl game. on Wednesday. Playing in their 50th bowl, the Cornhuskers (9-4) ended a four-game losing streak against Gator Bowl teams from the Southeastern Conference. The Nebraska 24, streak included a 45-31 loss to Georgia in the Capital One Bowl last season. Georgia 19 The rematch was much different. Nebraska did a solid job against running back JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Tommy Armstrong Jr. connected with Quincy Enunwa for Todd Gurley, who ran for 125 yards and a touchtwo touchdowns, including a 99-yarder in the down last year. Gurley finished with 86 yards on third quarter, and Nebraska held on to beat No. the ground.
Bama hopes Sugar Bowl sweeter than last
By BRETT MARTEL Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Whatever Bob Stoops may have said about the overall strength of the Southeastern Conference, that apparently doesn’t apply when it comes to the challenge he sees before 11th-ranked Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. The Sooners’ coach made that clear on the eve of tonight’s matchup with No. 3 Alabama. “In my eyes, they’re still the best team in the country,” Stoops said about the 2011 and 2012 national champs Wednesday. “They’ve been the best team in the country for three years, up to the very last play of the regular season.” Last spring, Stoops challenged the notion that the SEC — home of the last seven national champions — is the strongest league in the nation, calling some stories about SEC supremacy “propaganda.” His Sooners (10-2) have a chance to back that up in a big way by beating ‘Bama (11-1), but Stoops knows that won’t be easy. Oklahoma is rarely a double-digit underdog, but odds makers have listed the Crimson Tide as a 16-point favorite.
Alabama football coach Nick Saban looks to keep his team focused for tonight’s Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma. (Photo courtesy of Lee Adams) Alabama coach Nick Saban only hopes his players don’t buy into the spread or anything else that might over-inflate their confidence. The last time Alabama played in the Sugar Bowl was under similar circumstances. The Tide had just lost to Florida in the SEC title game, knocking ‘Bama out of the national title picture. Then the Tide came to the Big Easy as more than a touchdown favorite and got run out of the Superdome by With defensive lineman Chris Jones and linebacker Benardrick McKinney on the defensive side to go with the offense, double digit wins may be on the minds of many. Utah 31-17. This season, Alabama’s bid for a third-straight national title was upended by Auburn in late November. “A bowl game is all about mindset,” Saban said. “It’s really hard to bring the season “We have one year to show what we can do,” Mullen said. “Our expectations are always that we want to win the SEC West, represent Mississippi State and the whole state of to the bowl game because the amount of time in between opportunities to play. So how your team sort of resets their mindset is really important. “Sometimes if you’re an underdog, you have a little bit more to prove. So that mindMississippi in Atlanta. “That’s one thing we can control. Beyond that, you don’t have much control over stuff. That’s always going to be our goal. We embrace
set is a little better maybe than a team that doesn’t have sort of the right motivation.” When Saban and Stoops talk about the mutual respect they have for one another, they’re not just being polite. Stoops’ father, Ron, was a high school coach in Youngstown, Ohio, where Saban often made recruiting visits as a college assistant and played cards with Ron Stoops’ brother, Bob, for whom Oklahoma’s coach is named. Saban used to invite Ron and the elder Bob Stoops to observe his practices, and the families have even dined in each other’s homes. “This is a relationship that goes way back for many, many years, and I think it’s because of the respect that I had for the family and the quality of people that they were,” Saban said. “And I certainly have the same respect for the coaching fraternity that comes from that family.”
against the Owls in the bowl game. From page 6 “I must stay 2013 has been He nearly had 1,000 receiving very good to me, but the best yards and capped off his sea- is yet to come,” Lewis tweeted son with 220 receiving yards on Wednesday.
those expectations. I know our program does and our players do. We’re going to make sure they work to meet those expectations during the offseason.”
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by Jacqueline Bigar
ARIES (March 21-April 19) You or a key person in your life could become hot-tempered when dealing with an interpersonal issue. The presence of your friends might clear up who is doing what to whom. Remember, it takes two to tango. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Tension builds. As much as you might like to diffuse a situation, any action you take could prove to be problematic. Tune in to your higher self, and attempt to see the big picture. Good will could come through. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Keep reaching out for new ideas. Consider planning a vacation for you and a friend or loved one. Your ability to touch someone and calm him or her down will be more appreciated than you know. Continue being a good listener. CANCER (June 21-July 22) You might be more in touch with what you need than you realize. Sometimes you feel as if you give too much away, but your need to give feels good in many ways. Perhaps consider establishing stronger boundaries. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) A gentle, kind attitude will be appreciated. News could surprise many people, including you. Your ability to adapt will emerge. You’ll see the total perspective, whereas many people won’t. Someone’s words sound harsher than he or she anticipated. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Be careful with your funds and count your change. Make sure your wallet is nicely tucked away. You might want to indulge a child or loved one. Recognize that there are other ways that do not cost much or are free. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You seem to be releasing pent-up feelings. You easily could snap at a family member over a domestic issue. A close associate might be unpredictable, which is one of the reasons you are disgruntled. Recognize where the problem comes from. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You could be tense over a domestic matter or a misunderstanding with a roommate or family member. Express your concern about what is happening without expectations of a response. Be patient. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) A friend easily could lose his or her cool. Your ability to communicate can and will make a difference here. Don’t allow this person to intimidate you. A close friend or loved one could point you toward a new venture or interest. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Be aware of the costs of proceeding as you have. You might not be comfortable with everything that is going down. Your finances demand attention and precision. A family member once more could make demands that you might feel you can’t meet. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Many thoughts might be going through your mind. You would be wise not to discuss all of them, as you tend to go back and forth between ideas. Someone from a distance could be irritable. Use caution with this person.
January 2, 1974
President Nixon today signed a bill requiring all states, as a gasolinesaving measure, to reduce the maximum speed limit to 55 miles per hour, under threat of losing federal highway money. Nixon said that driving slower will reduce the amount of gasoline and diesel fuel needed to keep the nation’s motor vehicles rolling. “Estimates indicate that we can save nearly 200,000 barrels of fuel a day by observing a national limit of 55 miles per hour,” he said. Many states have already lowered speed limits. Under the legislation, the White House said all states now have 60 days to “fix a maximum speed limit of 55 miles per hour on all highways under (their) jurisdiction; establish a speed limit of 55 miles per hour on certain major highways; and require on all other highways that the speed limit be uniformly applicable to all vehicles, subject to certain exceptions.” Federal highway funds are to be cut off for any state which does not conform with those provisions by the 60-day deadline. While slowing down cars and trucks, Nixon moved to put new life into financially sick railroads, signing a bill to pave the way for merger of seven Midwestern and Northeastern railroads under a new federal rail corporation. He said in a statement he would send additional rail legislation to Congress soon because “with the added pressures brought on by the energy crisis, we must press hard to rebuild and strengthen our entire nationwide rail freight system.” The highway speed bill will remain in effect until June 30, 1975, unless the President declares at an earlier date that “there is not a fuel shortage requiring this authority” the White House said. Nixon in a statement, said he was “gratified” with those states which already have set a 55 miles-per-hour limit on their major roads in response to his earlier request for such action voluntarily. He also thanked those drivers who have held to slower speeds in states where the limits have not been changed officially. “With the attitude of cooperation and mutual concern expressed by a wide range of conservation actions by individual Americans, the social and economic impacts of the energy crisis can be minimized and we can look forward ever more confidently to the day when we will become self-sufficient in energy,” Nixon said.
1. Each row and column must contain the numbers 1 through 5 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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Rose Bowl turns green of Spartans
By GREG BEACHAM Associated Press PASADENA, Calif. — When Kyler Elsworth soared over the pile to deliver the final hit of Michigan State’s season, the storybook ending came with a moral. After so many years outside the spotlight, the Spartans are in nobody’s shadow anymore. And for the first time in 26 years, they’re Rose Bowl champions. Connor Cook passed for a career-high 332 yards and hit Tony Lippett with a tiebreaking 25-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter, leading No. 4 Michigan State to a 24-20 victory over No. 5 Stanford on Wednesday night in the 100th Rose Bowl. Cook also threw a TD pass to Trevon Pendleton, and Jeremy Langford rushed for 84 yards and a score for the Big Ten champion Spartans (13-1), who finished their season with 10 straight wins and their first Rose Bowl victory since 1988. Michigan State overcame its first double-digit deficit of the entire season along the way, and
the Spartans’ FBS-best defense capped a dominant season with one more old-school, smashmouth performance befitting the centennial celebration of the Granddaddy of Them All. “It’s a special time for all Spartans, and we came here in force,” coach Mark Dantonio said. “I’m very happy for our football team, the resilience we showed all season long.” Michigan State’s defense yielded just 159 yards in the final three quarters and ended it by stopping the Pac-12 champion Cardinal (11-3) on fourthand-1 near midfield with 1:46 to play, stuffing a run play up the middle. Elsworth, a fill-in starter for
Michigan State running back Riley Bullough, left, and tight end Josiah Price, right, congratulate linebacker Kyler Elsworth after he helped stop Stanford on fourth down late in Wednesday’s Rose Bowl. (Photo by Danny Moloshok, AP) suspended senior linebacker Max Bullough, hurdled the pile to deliver an electrifying, headon hit to fullback Ryan Hewitt while his teammates helped out below. “When I saw their offensive linemen’s stance, I knew the way to make a play was to go over the top,” said Elsworth, selected the game’s defensive MVP. The huge Michigan State contingent in the Rose Bowl stands roared at the play, and even the stone-faced Dantonio visibly celebrated. “I get a little excited at the Rose Bowl,” Dantonio deadpanned. The Spartans have long labored behind Michigan, Ohio State and even Wisconsin among the Midwest’s top programs, but Dantonio’s sevenyear rebuilding project in East Lansing has put them on top of the Midwest this season with a perfect run through conference play. After knocking off the unbeaten Buckeyes in the league title game, Michigan State earned the Big Ten’s second Rose Bowl win since 2000. Tyler Gaffney ran for 91 yards and an early TD for Stanford, and linebacker Kevin Anderson returned an interception 40 yards for a score late in the first half. But the Cardinal couldn’t follow up last season’s success in Pasadena with backto-back Rose Bowl wins, managing just three points from their offense after the first quarter. And Gaffney could only watch as Hewitt was stopped on Stanford’s final play. “You have to give it to Michigan State for stuffing that,” said Gaffney, who managed just 24 yards after the first quarter. “Everybody in the building knew exactly what was coming. A run was coming up the middle, and it was a test of wills, and they got the better of us.”
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